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The Photos of Andrew Zuckerman

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Grizzly Bear, a photograph from Andrew Zuckerman’s book Creature, published by Chronicle in 2007.
  • Grizzly Bear, a photograph from Andrew Zuckerman’s book Creature, published by Chronicle in 2007.

Photographer Andrew Zuckerman traveled the world to capture the subjects seen in his books Creature (2007), Bird (2009), and Flower (2012). But as the currently featured exhibitor in SUNY Ulster's Visiting Artist Series, the Stone Ridge resident didn't have to travel far to present "A Message from the Exterior," a new exhibition of his work.

The show reflects Zuckerman's fascination with the relationship of humanity and technology to the natural world, focusing on his intensely detailed, lifelike composite images of plants and animals, many of which—such as the bear from Creatures seen here—which are life-sized and appear three-dimensional. "The title of the series is a play on the title of Walker Evans's 1966 photography book Message from the Interior," Zuckerman explains. "His FSA [Farm Security Administration] photos have a formal, posed feel about them. I wanted to reference that when I was shooting these animals and flowers against white paper in the studio."

Nature isn't Zuckerman's only interest—his books Wisdom (2008; also a film and touring exhibition) and Music (2010) feature the portraits and words of figures from the arts, politics, business, and religion—but it's his concern for the wild world that fueled the photos in the SUNY series. "[Living in the Hudson Valley] puts me in a headspace where I recognize certain aspects of nature more when I travel," he says. "It's inspiring just being here."

"A Message from the Exterior" is on view in the Muroff-Kotler Gallery at SUNY Ulster Community College in Stone Ridge through November 2. SUNYUlster.edu.

—Peter Aaron

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