Pikes Peak and Colorado Springs
ca. 1926 Laura Gilpin Born: Colorado Springs, Colorado 1891 Died: Santa Fe, New Mexico 1979 platinum print sheet: 11 7/8 x 9 5/8 in. (30.2 x 24.5 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Charles Isaacs and Carol Nigro 1997.98 Not currently on view
Colorado native Laura Gilpin made photographs of Navaho and Pueblo Indians and many of the most spectacular sites in the Southwest, including archeological ruins. In her view of Colorado’s Pikes Peak, she pictured a landscape that increasingly faced modern-day intrusions: three airplanes in the sky, the town, and the newly built military airbase of Colorado Springs, below. Employing delicate platinum tones and a flat plane of focus, Gilpin created a dreamlike landscape.
A Democracy of Images: Photographs from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2013
Architecture - vehicle - airplane
Landscape - Colorado - Colorado Springs
Landscape - mountain - Pikes Peak
photography - photoprint