Keliy Anderson-Staley: [hyphen] Americans

Since 2005, Houston-based artist Keliy Anderson-Staley has been photographing individuals across the United States using the tintype process, a nineteenth-century wet-plate photo-graphic process that was commonly used in portraiture and ethnographic studies through the 1930s. Unlike film, this process requires the artist to coat each photographic plate in light-sensitive chemicals, expose the photograph, and develop it—all while the image surface is still wet. 

Philip Cheung: The Central Pacific

In 1862, the Pacific Railroad Act promoted the construction of a transcontinental railroad and tasked the Central Pacific Railroad (CPRR) and the Union Pacific Railroad companies to build a locomotive corridor between the eastern and western United States. Over the course of seven years, the two companies would race towards each other from opposite sides of the country, meeting in Promontory, Utah, in May of 1869. 

The water we share on this planet is unifying; it is a system of circles moving from the visible to the invisible.

—Jock McDonald, 2015


Early morning and looking out of the airplane window, watching as the mist rises from the peaks and valleys below. Sunlight filters through the moisture, creating discrete layers of mountains—monochromatic and shifting with the movement of the sun, the atmosphere, and of me, flying above.

—Vanessa Marsh, 2019


Karine Laval: Heterotopia

In her series, Heterotopia, Brooklyn-based artist Karine Laval produces dreamlike images that challenge and transform our experience of the natural world. The series’ title is borrowed from French philosopher Michel Foucault, who used the word to describe places that exist in the world, but are “neither here, nor there,” explains Laval.

David Shannon-Lier: Of Heaven and Earth

In his ongoing series, Of Heaven and Earth, artist David Shannon-Lier produces large-scale photographs that consider the landscape on both a human and cosmic scale. Building site-specific installations in the landscape, Shannon-Lier intervenes with the terrain in front of his camera to create visual interactions—revealed through long-exposure photographs—between the earth and the celestial bodies above it.

Clarissa Bonet: City Space

In her ongoing series, City Space, Chicago-based artist Clarissa Bonet explores the urban landscape from a pedestrian perspective, producing dramatic images that draw focus both on the surface of the city and the psychological resonance of the architecture within it.

Drew Nikonowicz: This World and Others Like It

From the earliest geographical survey images of the American West made by William Henry Jackson (1843–1942), to the iconic square-format photographs of the lunar surface produced by the Apollo 11 mission, the medium of photography has long been associated with the discovery and documentation of uncharted territory. In his series, This World and Others Like It, artist Drew Nikonowicz draws upon the language of nineteenth-century survey images to investigate the role of the explorer in present times. 

Eric William Carroll: Standard Stars

In his series, Standard Stars, Eric William Carroll examines and engages with an archive of decaying astronomical glass plate negatives held by the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute in Rosman, North Carolina. The institute’s Astronomical Photographic Data Archive (APDA) contains one of the largest collections of astronomical glass plates and represents nearly 150 years of efforts to study, catalog, and define the cosmos.

Michael Light: Sidereal Rift

In his project, Sidereal Rift, artist Michael Light draws focus on the seemingly endless grid of Los Angeles at night. Made over the course of a single evening from a helicopter, Light photographed the glowing arteries of Southern California as they emerged from the darkened landscape below.