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Last Light – Brightest Light (Message to Robert Adams and Timothy H. O'Sullivan) The Rio Grande Entering St. Elena Canyon, The Big Bend, Texas; Last Light – Brightest Light (Message to Robert Adams and Timothy H. O'Sullivan) The Rio Grande Leaving Boquillas Canyon, The Big Bend, Texas
Date: 1996-1997
Artist: Thomas Joshua Cooper
American, born 1946
Dimensions: Image (a): 16 3/16 × 22 7/8 in. (41.1 × 58.1 cm) Image (b): 15 15/16 × 22 3/8 in. (40.5 × 56.8 cm) Support (a): 16 3/16 × 22 7/8 in. (41.1 × 58.1 cm) Support (b): 15 15/16 × 22 3/8 in. (40.5 × 56.8 cm) Support (Secondary (a)): 27 7/8 × 35 15/16 in. (70.8 × 91.3 cm) Support (Secondary (b)): 27 7/8 × 35 15/16 in. (70.8 × 91.3 cm) Mat (a): 28 × 36 in. (71.1 × 91.4 cm) Mat (b): 28 × 36 in. (71.1 × 91.4 cm)
Medium: gelatin silver prints, selenium and gold chloride toned
Credit Line: Gift of John Robertshaw III, 2014
Description: Cooper has a particular passion for photographing rivers and other major bodies of water, with a special interest in the places where earth and water meet. His series “Rio Grande River Crossings,” of which this piece is a part, was created over a seven-year period along the 2,000-mile course of the river, from its headwaters in Colorado to its mouth in the Gulf of Mexico. These two pictures, shot in Big Bend National Park in Texas, have a powerful, elemental quality, encompassing past and present, night and day, water and rock, black and white.
Object Number: 2014.7.2ab
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