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Michael Dawson Gallery Presents

Adam Clark Vroman:
Photographs of the Southwest, 1895 -1904

Opening Reception Friday, January 30, 2004

Los Angeles, CA (1/15/04) - Michael Dawson Gallery and Andrew Smith Gallery (Santa Fe) are pleased to present the first Southern California exhibit of photographs by Adam Clark Vromanin over twenty years. The exhibit, Adam Clark Vroman: Photographs of the Southwest, 1895 -1904 will run from January 30 – March 27, 2004. An opening reception will be held on Friday January 30, 2004 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm at The Michael Dawson Gallery, which is situated inside Dawson's Book Shop at 535 N. Larchmont Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90004. Please call 323-469-2186 to RSVP.

Founder of the book shop in Pasadena that still bears his name, Vroman spent eight summers photographing among the Native Americans of the Southwest between 1895 and 1904. He wrote and lectured about his experiences and published his photographs in the leading journals of the day. These visual mementos are something apart from ethnographic documents, and Vroman eschewed the sentimental vision of Native Americans as a "vanishing race." Vroman's sure-handed and sensitive approach to the people, sites, surroundings, and religious ceremonies of the Southwest infuse his photographs with a power that transcends their age.

While Vroman considered himself an amateur photographer, his expertise with the camera ensured his inclusion in three important research expeditions organized by Frederick Webb Hodge and the United States National Museum. Vroman mastered his unique style over the course of travels to the Rio Grande Pueblos of New Mexico and the Hopi and Navajo lands in northeast Arizona. He was captivated by the scenic drama of vast desert spaces and never tired of stunning cloudscapes, the majesty and stillness of which were rendered in subtle grays in Vroman's masterful platinum prints. Decades later, Edward Weston, Paul Strand, and Ansel Adams would make similarly exacting cloud studies in the clear Southwestern air, but Vroman's perceptive vision and technical faculty were unequalled in his time.

This exhibition will also be on display at the Andrew Smith Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico between June 15 and August 15, 2004.

Dawson's Book Shop, the home of The Michael Dawson Gallery, is the oldest continuously operating bookshop in the city of Los Angeles. Since 1905, Dawson's Book Shop has been the leading source in Southern California for rare and out of print books in the fields of California history, Western Americana and photography. Dawson’s (both the book shop and gallery) are open Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00am – 5:00pm and by appointment on Monday and Tuesday. Please visit for more information or call them at 323-469-2186.

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