Viewfinders: Photographers Frame Nature

January 28, 2023 – April 16, 2023


Kenji Nakahashi
Trimming, 1987
Chromogenic color print
Anonymous gift in memory of Kenji Nakahashi

Viewfinders: Photographers Frame Nature considers artists’ rich and varied responses to the symbiotic relationship between nature and humans. The photographs on view explore the varying degrees to which nature has fueled human experience and imagination and contributed to environmental consciousness. They also offer a closer look at how human activity has shaped nature. Spanning the late nineteenth century to the present, the exhibition features black and white and color photographs, digital photographs, photomontages, and videos. The images depict places as far away as outer space, and as near as The Heckscher Museum’s own backyard.

Curated by Susan Van Scoy, Professor of Art History at St. Joseph’s University, Long Island.


Virtual Program: Exploring Viewfinders with Guest Curator Susan Van Scoy, Ph.D

Guest Curator Dr. Susan Van Scoy provides a deeper look at the exhibition, Viewfinders: Photographers Frame Nature. Viewfinders explores artists’ rich and varied responses to the symbiotic relationship between nature and humans. The exhibition includes more than 70 lens-based works in black and white, color, digital photography, photomontage, and video, dating from the late 19th century to contemporary times.

Dr. Van Scoy is an Associate Professor at St. Joseph’s University, Long Island, whose research delves into the history of photography, female photographers of the 1980s, and public art and architecture.



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