Portland Art Museum Acquires Robert Adams Photographs

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Robert Adams, Clatsop County, Oregon, 1999-2002. ©Robert Adams, courtesy Fraenkel GalleryRobert Adams, Clatsop County, Oregon, 1999-2002. ©Robert Adams, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery

The Portland Art Museum has acquired 69 photographs by Robert Adams of western Oregon. Taken between 1992 and 2012, the photographs explore the impact of clear-cutting in Oregon’s Coast Range and the hope of recovery along the Pacific Ocean; they were included in the museum’s recent exhibition The Question of Hope: Robert Adams in Western Oregon.

Adams is one of the first photographers to focus on the American West post-World War II. He and his wife, Kerstin, have lived in Astoria, Oregon, since 1997, and he has made the region a primary focus of his photography.