Fritz, Gawel to discuss photos of John Pfahl

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Fritz, Gawel to discuss photos of John Pfahl

Photo "Diablo Dam, Sagit River, Washington" (1982, color print), by John Pfahl
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Photo "Diablo Dam, Sagit River, Washington" (1982, color print), by John Pfahl

Art and photography historian Dana Fritz will join photography scholar Larry Gawel to give a presentation at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Sheldon Museum of Art on the photographs of John Pfahl.

Pfahl, whose works are featured in the museum’s “Points of View” exhibition, was a pioneer in the transformation of American landscape photography in the 1970s, and his body of work has influenced generations of artists.

For more than four decades, Pfahl’s approach has encouraged us to contemplate images conceptually and visually and to consider the evolving ways in which humans interact with the land socially and photographically. Pfahl has captured such changes through numerous series that deal with the environment, both natural and constructed. The “Points of View” exhibition includes prints from his first formal series, “Altered Landscapes” (1974–78) and from “Power Places” (1981–84); all are from the permanent collection of the Sheldon Museum of Art.

Fritz is a professor of art and art history at UNL. Gawel teaches photography at Metropolitan Community College in Omaha. Together they organized the exhibition, which is on display through Jan. 5.

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