Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A View of Nathan Farb

As visitors enter the exhibition “Adirondack View Finders: Farb, Bowie, Battaglia, Heilman”, the first piece that they encounter is “Ray Brook Pond” a 6 by 4 foot photograph by Nathan Farb. Visitors cannot help but be drawn into the magnificently crisp and monumental piece displayed. Farbs photography is a remarkable contribution to the exhibition. As well as “Ray Brook Pond” Farb has contributed several other pieces including a haunting digital slide show of photographs taken of the damage that hurricane Irene caused to the Adirondacks.

Farb grew up in Lake Placid and has been examining the Adirondack Landscape for over 50 years. Combining romanticism with a probing scientific eye, he is considered the preeminent photographer of The Adirondacks. His 1985 book, “The Adirondacks”, became the standard by which Adirondack photography is measured. He has also published two books and many essays on the Galapagos Islands. His award winning coverage of the Yellowstone fires and Exxon oil spill for the New York Times Magazine established Farb as an leading interpreter of nature. Farb lived and worked in New York City for many years where he was well known for his avant garde multimedia work. Farb’s 1980 photographic essay on Soviet society, ”The Russians,” was published as a book in five countries and in magazines throughout the world. His works are included in many public and private collections including The Museum of Modern Art. Farb is a former professor of photography and mixed media at Rutgers University. He has been given honorary Doctor of Arts degrees by St Lawrence University and SUNY. His newest book, “Adirondack Wilderness”, a collaboration with The Nature Conservancy, will be published this Fall. He has worked and lived at his studio in Jay, NY for the past twenty years.

Adirondack View Finders: Farb, Bowie, Battaglia, Heilman” will run from December 3 – March 3, and feature the work of Nathan Farb, Mark Bowie, Nancie Battaglia, and Carl Heilman. Rising View Finders are also in the exhibition, including Johnathan A. Esper, Lesley Dixion, and Clark Lubbs. Stone sculptor Matt Horner will have work concurrently displayed, and “Teachers Turn: Instructors form the Adirondack Photography Institute” will run until January 29.

Exhibition Admission is $10/$5 members and groups of 6+/Children under 12 free. To learn more about View programming, including an upcoming workshop with Carl Heilman, visit or call 315-369-6411.

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