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David Benjamin Sherry supersaturates his vivid photographs of the American West with hues of magenta, blue, orange, and green. Using laborious darkroom processes and shooting on film—and occasionally the f/64 aperture— Sherry follows in the footsteps of Ansel Adams and Edward Weston in his depiction of dramatic, sweeping landscapes. Subverting the masculine tradition of American landscape photography, Sherry injects his imagery with themes of environmentalism and queer identity.
The American Monuments series depicts national monuments once targeted by the Trump administration for immediate development and fossil fuel exploration. Sherry envisions alternate histories that reject past and present the Western mythos of conquered frontiers, photographing these threatened sanctuaries as a defiant, caring act of photographic preservation.
“While these photographs may grapple with grim political circumstances, they can paradoxically exude optimism, through a bold use of color, form, and scale to ultimately represent independence, resistance, and self-determination— American qualities that we supposedly hold dear, but which are currently as imperiled as the land itself” — David Benjamin Sherry
David Benjamin Sherry lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. He received a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from Yale University. His work has been exhibited in The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MoMa PS1, Aspen Art Museum, and the International Center for Photography in New York. His work is in permanent collections at the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Nasher Museum of Art, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Earth Changes, a catalogue of Sherry’s landscape work, with an essay by LACMA curator Britt Salvesen, was published in 2015 by Mörel Books, London.