A Considered View: The Photographs of Wayne Gudmundson

Institute for Regional Studies, North Dakota State University, and Plains Art Museum, Fargo, North Dakota, 2007, 103 pages, Hardcover.

While many photographers attempt simply to capture a finite event, Gudmundson supersedes this effort in order to convey the nature of existence and geography. The relationship of experience to environment is the essence of what we refer to as "place." It is the artist's deeply personal sense of place, rather than the phenonenon itself, that makes the work challenging and powerful. -- Edward Pauley

Wayne Gudmundson's eye seeks the horizon. Perhaps it is so he can see farther, but more likely it is so he can see into the past, reaching for meaning in the marks that people have left on the land. Gudmundson's photographs, whether they are of North Dakota prairies, Minnesota towns, or Icelandic wilderness, all include the horizon, and nearly all show the touch of man. -- Thomas Riley

About the Author

Wayne Gudmundson was born in 1949 in Fargo, North Dakota. His work has appeared in eight books in addition to A Considered View, and forms part of the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal, and the U.S. Embassy in Reykjavik, Iceland. Gudmundson teaches photography at Minnesota State University Moorhead and is director of New Rivers Press.

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