We spoke with Frank Gohlke on the occasion of his recent show “Miles and Miles of Things I’ve Never Seen” at the UMass Dartmouth University Art Gallery in Massachusetts:
“When that show was created, as odd as it seems now, it was extremely controversial,” Frank Gohlke says of being featured in the landmark 1975 exhibit of deadpan photography, “New Topographics: Photographs of the Man-Altered Landscape” at New York’s George Eastman House.
“A lot of people just hated it,” says Gohlke, who lived in Boston from 1987 to 2007, and still often summers here. “It seemed as though it was going to be one of those ideas that had a moment . . . . It would just be a minor eddy in the stream of art history. But it didn’t turn out that way.” In fact, New Topographics remains probably the most prominent style of art photography today.
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“Miles and Miles of Things I’ve Never Seen,” UMass Dartmouth University Art Gallery, 715 Purchase St, New Bedford, Massachusetts, Dec. 7, 2012, to Jan. 27, 2013.
Pictured at top: Gohlke’s “Ten Minutes in North Texas, No. 4,” 1995/2011. Image courtesy of Frank Gohlke and the Howard Greenberg Gallery, NYC.