Photographs of the Built World
About these photographs…

For this group of images, as Minor White might have put it, “The camera was faithfully used.”

This is an extension of ideas about photographing the built world that I began as a graduate student at Rhode Island School of Design. At that time, I started making pictures of the buildings and streets of Providence, Rhode Island, on Sunday mornings when no people or vehicles were present. Aaron Siskind, on viewing this work, asked, “So you are more interested in the works of man than the works of God?” Then, as now, the answer is, “well, yes.”

Years later, I remain fascinated by the built world and its endless variety of human-made structures, environments, and details and the special ways in which these are transformed by age, use, and in particular, the act of photographing them.

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