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Eden, Colorado

Robert Adams American

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Although he was born in New Jersey, the photographer Robert Adams is the poet laureate of the American West. For more than fifty years he has chronicled its spectral beauty and man-made destruction. Part of his earliest body of work, this roadside scene is a study of the rapidly changing landscape of Eden, Colorado—a town named for a railroad official, not the Biblical paradise. Late at night an Allied truck fuels up beneath the glare of fluorescent lamps along an interstate highway two hours south of Denver. Adams saw the gas station as an invasive weed sprouting up along the outskirts of America’s Edenic "garden" and the eighteen-wheeler as a form of predatory insect feeding on it after the "fall."

Eden, Colorado, Robert Adams (American, born Orange, New Jersey, 1937), Gelatin silver print

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