Made in Arizona

Strangely Familiar
From the intense colours and arid landscape of the Grand Canyon to the ubiquitous Saguaro cactus and the iconic images of cowboys at Dude Ranches, Arizona has always held a certain appeal for artists and photographers. Although you may never have been there, many of America’s recognisable icons derive from the state, making it strangely familiar. 2012 marks the 100th year since Arizona became one of the United States, and this summer The Center for Creative Photography in Tucson presents a selection of images created in the state. Curated by Rebecca Senf, the show encompasses a range of subjects and genres, highlighting the sheer variety of images produced in Arizona. Including works by photographic masters such as Louis Carlos Bernal and John Gutmann, the images chart the developments of place. One of the oldest images included is Timothy H. O’Sullivan’s Black Cañon, Colorado River, Looking Above from Camp 7 (1871), while an image of children in a sweet shop in the 1970s showcases the vast range of works featured in this exhibition. The show opens 18 August and continues until 25 November.

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