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David Benjamin Sherry supersaturates his vivid photographs—which largely focus on grand vistas of the American West—with hues of magenta, blue, orange, and green. Sherry shoots on film and uses laborious darkroom processes. He has also shot with the f/64 aperture, following in the footsteps of predecessors such as Ansel Adams and Edward Weston. The results are colorful, monochromatic pictures of sweeping desert dunes and dramatic canyon landscapes. Sherry subverts the masculine, monumental tradition of American landscape photography, instead injecting his frames with themes of environmentalism, queer identity, and alternative histories that reject staid Western mythologies.
“I aim to revivify and radicalize American landscape photography,” Sherry says, “to both celebrate and challenge the traditions of the past, and to continue a tradition of deep communion with the glorious but troubled, and highly romanticized mountains and deserts of the American West.”
David Benjamin Sherry (b. 1981, Stony Brook, NY) currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. He received a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 2003, and his MFA from Yale University in 2007. Past group exhibitions include Ansel Adams In Our Time, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Greater New York 2010, MoMA PS1, Long Island City, NY; The Anxiety of Photography, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO; Lost Line, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; and, What Is A Photograph?, International Center for Photography, New York, NY. His work is in permanent collections at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, The Nasher Museum of Art, Durham, NC; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; Wexner Center of the Arts, Columbus, OH; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; The RISD Museum, Providence, RI. Earth Changes, a catalogue of Sherry’s landscape work, with an essay by LACMA curator Britt Salvesen, was published in 2015 by Mörel Books, London.