The Positive View Foundation has unveiled details of a major new exhibition to be held at London’s Somerset House. Titled,‘Landmark: the Fields of Photography’, it presents a sweeping overview of the rich genre of 21st Century Landscape photography. The novel exhibition is the first of its kind anywhere to show both the harsh, even brutal realities of the changing environment, as well as its enduring and stunning beauty. ‘Landmark: the Fields of Photography’, supported by Barclays, is a wide-ranging and ground-breaking exhibition featuring more than 70 of the world’s most highly regarded photographers from North and South America, Africa, Europe and Asia, with many of them showcasing previously unseen and recently completed works. ‘Landmark: the Fields of Photography’ will run from 14th March – 28th April 2013 and is curated by the globally respected curator, William A. Ewing.
Focusing on our rapidly changing planet, ‘Landmark: the Fields of Photography’ features more than 130 original works of art taken by enterprising photographers employing technology ranging from 19th Century plate-camera techniques to the use of planes, drones, robots and even satellites to capture vivid images of earth’s varied terrain – and even distant planets. Many of the major names in photography are represented: Mitch Epstein, Nadav Kander, Robert Adams, Simon Norfolk, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Lee Friedlander, Simon Roberts, Toshio Shibata, Robert Polidori and many others contributing spectacular imagery. Also featured are striking images by a younger generation of photographers: Pieter Hugo, Susan Evans, Ivar Kvaal, Penelope Umbrico, Mathieu Bernard-Reymond, and others.
William A. Ewing, Curator of ‘Landmark: the Fields of Photography’ explains: “Landscape has been and remains one of the most powerful forms of photography, and is even more so in a world which is changing so fast we can hardly keep up. Rising seas, melting glaciers, the ozone hole, desertification and coastal cities under threat – we add to the list everyday. And photographers everywhere are grappling with these problems, creating brilliant pictures, which put a vivid face on otherwise abstract issues. These images range from the sublime to the ridiculous; photographers are on the front lines – our eyes and ears. But they also remind us to slow down and appreciate the beauty of the world – often where we least expect it.
“A show of this width and breadth has never been assembled, and given Britain’s extraordinarily rich history of landscape painting and photography, I am particularly pleased to be presenting so much accomplished work at Somerset House.”
Andrew Page, Founder and CEO of Positive View Foundation, said: “We are thrilled to be returning to Somerset House for this, our second major exhibition after the amazing success
that the recent show, Cartier-Bresson: A Question of Colour, proved to be. Working closely with William A. Ewing, we have collated the greatest contemporary landscape artists on the planet and we look forward to welcoming the public to experience the exhibition. ‘Landmark: the Fields of Photography’ promises to be the most innovative and ambitious exhibition on the theme of landscape for many years.”
Gwyn Miles, Director of Somerset House Trust says: ‘‘Following the huge success of Cartier-Bresson: A Question of Colour exhibition, we’re delighted to be working together with Positive View Foundation and curator William A. Ewing once again in presenting what promises to be a thought-provoking and timely exhibition looking at contemporary photographers’ responses to our ever-changing landscape and environment – one of the most pertinent issues of our time. With an impressive range of internationally important artists’ work on display, I hope the exhibition at Somerset House will inspire visitors and provoke debate.”
Photographers to be included in ‘Landmark: the Fields of Photography’:
Alex MacLean, Alexandra Catiere, Amy Stein, Arno Minkkinen, Axel Hütte, Benoit Aquin, Byron Wolfe, Carlo Valsecchi, Charles March, Chris McCaw, Dan Holdsworth, Daniel Beltrà, Darren Almond, David Maisel, David Malin, Dodo Jin Ming, Edgar Martins, Edward Burtynsky, Elger Esser, Florian Joye, Gerco de Ruijter, Guillaume Brebisant, Harry Cory Wright, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Ivar Kvaal, Jamey Stillings, Jean-Baptiste Huynh, Jeffrey Blondes, Joan Fontcuberta, John Davies, John Stezaker, Justine Blau, Karin Apollonia Müller, Kent Rogowski, Lauren Marsolier, Lee Friedlander, Leonora Hamill, Liu Xiao Fang, Lois Hechenblaikner, Luca Campigotto, Marcus Lyon, Mark Klett, Mark Power, Mathieu Bernard- Reymond, Matthieu Gafsou, Michael Light, Michael Najjar, Mitch Dobrowner, Mitch Epstein, Nadav Kander, Naoya Hatakeyama, Nasa Planetary Science Division, Olaf Breuning, Olaf Otto Becker, Olivo Barbieri, Penelope Umbrico, Peter Bialobrzeski, Peter Knapp, Pierre Radisic, Pieter Hugo, Ray Metzker, Reiner Riedler, Robert Adams, Robert Bourdeau, Robert Davies, Robert Polidori, Robert Voit, Scott Conarroe, Simon Roberts, Simon Norfolk, Stéphane Couturier, Stephen Crasneanscki, Susan Derges, Susan Evans, Thomas Struth, Toshio Shibata, Walter Niedermayr, Yang Yongliang, Yao Lu.
The Positive View Foundation was founded in 2011 and launched on 16 April 2012, presenting a unique approach to both philanthropy and the arts. The Foundation will regularly stage exhibitions of works and international photographers of the highest calibre. At the same time, the Foundation’s Education Programme will grant the profits from these events to organisations that establish photography projects as part of educational and training programmes for disadvantaged young people.
This concept has been refined over sixteen years. A Positive View began as a personal philanthropic photography project hosted by the Saatchi Gallery in 1994 from which all donated works were later sold by Sotheby’s in support of the Chickenshed Theatre Company for children with learning difficulties. Diana, Princess of Wales, was the Royal Patron of this project, and in 2010 her son Prince William became Royal Patron in his turn. On this occasion, through media partnerships and a charity auction at Christie’s, over £500,000 was raised to fund an innovative photography project at Crisis, the UK’s leading charity for homelessness.
‘Landmark: the Fields of Photography’, Somerset House, 14th March – 28th April 2013