Jul 27, 2007

Yellowstone Canyon

Yellowstone Canyon

c. 1932

Edd A. Ruggles

(American, 1880–1940)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 25.9 x 25.7 cm (10 3/16 x 10 1/8 in.); Paper: 26.7 x 26.5 cm (10 1/2 x 10 7/16 in.); Matted: 50.8 x 40.6 cm (20 x 16 in.)

Gift of Mrs. Edd A. Ruggles 1972.1093



Hired shortly before its formal opening in 1916, Ruggles was the Cleveland Museum of Art's photographer for 25 years. During that time he pursued his own work, photographing the American landscape and English architecture. In this tightly cropped composition of a steep canyon split by rushing water, he concentrated on the rugged beauty of the American West. The striking geological formations became sculptural through strong contrasts of light and shade. By eliminating the horizon line, Ruggles challenged the viewer's perception of scale and distance, enlivening the image with visual ambiguity.

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