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Ilse Bing, the “The Queen of Leica”

                                        Ilse Bing’s photograph, Paris, Eiffel Tower with Branches, was taken in 1933 during the midst of her own self-discovery. Bing was born into an upper middle class Jewish family in Germany in 1899. Her family […]

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Ansel Adams, “Winnowing Grain, Taos Pueblo, New Mexico”

Adams’s photograph, Winnowing  Grain, Taos Pueblo, New Mexico, accentuates the sculptural qualities of adobe building: the pueblo’s layered cubic forms, and its deeply shadowed doors and windows. The photograph encourages the viewer’s eye to trace the network of ladders running up through the pueblo’s stories.  The brightest point of the photograph, however, is the stream […]

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Lena Herzog

Lena Herzog’s Long Draw series is a project aimed at restoring the reputation of Friedrich von Egloffstein (1824-1885), a cartographer and artist on the first expedition of the Grand Canyon. Led by Joseph Ives in 1857, the team took a steamboat up the Colorado River to document and map what is now known as the […]

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Ansel Adams, “Winter Sunrise, Sierra Nevada, from Lone Pine”

Winter Sunrise, Sierra Nevada, from Lone Pine is a testament to Adams’ technique. Adams’ careful attention to natural light while shooting, as well as his work in the dark room, showcases a full spectrum of values and highlights.

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Michael Kenna

This juxtaposition of man-made objects to the natural world displaces the viewer’s focus away from the natural elements to the manmade, ultimately creating a sense of balance. Kenna continues to baffle the viewer through his interesting use of perspective.

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Nancy Macko

Macko came to a new understanding of the life cycle as a continuous process, rather than a series of discrete stages. Macko’s work encourages the viewer to join in this realization—to stop looking at childhood, youth, adulthood, and old age as separate phases, and to instead see the beautiful and surprising ways life’s phases overlap.

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Ken Gonzales-Day

Run Up and About a hundred yards from the road are both photographs from Ken Gonzales-Day’s Searching for California’s Hang Trees series, part of the artist’s extensive work on the history of lynching in California, which also includes his photographic series, Erased Lynchings, and his book, Lynching in the West: 1850–1935. These projects share a common goal: complicating the viewer’s understanding of the history of racial violence in America.

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Lions, Billy Goats, Bears, and a Corgi or Two – A Visual Zoo Is Unleashed at the Williamson Gallery

Badgers, crocodiles, flamingos, sheep and a tortoise, too: The Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery has received a veritable zoo of animal images gleaned from the engaging work of the late artist, Beth Van Hoesen.  These delightful prints and watercolors came to Scripps College courtesy of the E. Mark Adams and Beth Van Hoesen Adams Trust. In […]

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Gift of Japanese Cloisonné Enamels to Enhance Art Education at Scripps College

Scripps College will receive nine pieces of fine Japanese cloisonné enamel from the Anthony and Patricia Ghosn collection, donated by R. Scott and Lannette Turicchi, in coordination with the Worldbridge Foundation. As part of the Scripps art collection, stewarded by the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, the pieces will enhance teaching and research at the College.

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Gordon Abbott

Gordon Abbot: “Janitzio,” 1946-47

Gordon Abbott was a twentieth century American photographer born in 1882. He spent much of his professional life working in Mexico and Guatemala and died in Mexico City in 1951. More than mere travel photography, his work captures the spirit of the places and scenes he witnessed. Instead of the flashy images suited for tourists’ guidebooks, Abbott created photos of a more contemplative nature.

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