Photographs by Thomas Joshua Cooper & Timothy O'Sullivan.
Radius Books, 2010. 48 pp., 27 tritone illustrations, 10½x15".
In the summer of 2003, Thomas
Joshua Cooper traveled to
Shoshone Falls in southern Idaho
to photograph where the Snake
River had tumbled across a 212-
foot precipice, once one of the
most sublime landscapes in the
AmericanWest. Cooper’s images
were a response to the work of
Timothy H. O’Sullivan, photographer
on the late-nineteenth-century
geologic and geographic surveys
led by Clarence King and
George M.Wheeler. Traveling to
Shoshone Falls in 1868, and again
in 1874, O’Sullivan made images
that capture both the physical
grandeur and emotional resonance
of this unique landscape.
Cooper’s photographs simultaneously
engage the work of his predecessor
while expanding his own
formal vocabulary in a project that
generates a dialogue around history,
geography and photographic
process. Printed large-scale in lush
tri-tone, this book reproduces 18 of
Cooper’s images in tandem with
nine by O’Sullivan.
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