Robert Adams came to Colorado as a teenager in the early 1950s with his family, and returned in 1962 after earning his doctorate at the University of Southern California. Concerned by the way Colorado Springs and Denver had sprawled in the interim, he started taking photographs.
Adams, who taught English at Colorado College, turned out to be a superlative at the craft, "one of the foremost photographers of our time," according to Eric Paddock, curator of photography at the Denver Art Museum.
Now, the DAM will host the first U.S. retrospective of Adams' 45-year art career, with this month's Robert Adams: The Place We Live, a 200-print exhibition.
What Adams shot, and says, is alarming. From the press release, he's quoted, "'The pictures record what we purchased, what we paid and what we could not buy. They document a separation from ourselves, and in turn from the natural world that we professed to love.'"
Though not all the images capture the Rocky Mountain West (some hail from Adams' current home in the Pacific Northwest), many document the changing landscape of Colorado Springs, including this one:
The Place We Live goes on display Sept. 25 and closes Jan. 2, 2012. For more information, read the press release here: