Of Virginia Exhibits Photographs Of Shenandoah National Park In
Newcomb Hall Art Gallery
September 15, 2003 --
Artspace committee of University Programs Council is pleased to
announce an exhibition of 30 selenium-toned black-and-white
photographs by Virginia native Hullihen Williams Moore. The exhibition,
in the Newcomb Hall Art Gallery, will be on view through Sunday,
show, “Shenandoah: Views of Our National Park,
Photographs by Hullihen Williams Moore,” is a testament
to the beauty of the park and to its changing image over time.
has been making photographs since high school. In college
at Washington and Lee University, he continued his hobby, often
traveling into the mountains
to photograph the scenery.
the 1970s, Moore bought his first view camera. He later studied
with Ansel Adams in Yosemite National Park.
In addition, he studied landscape
and fine print-making with noted landscape photographers John Sexton
and Phillip Hyde.
photographs in the exhibit convey a sense of personal and natural
history on many levels. First, and most
evident, is the photographer’s record of
his visual and emotional relationship with the landscape. He returned
to Shenandoah Park, year after year, on journeys-of-discovery
and reconsideration, seeking
the new, yet always returning to the old. He documented change — both
growth and destruction. Floods, harsh winters, barren summers, and
years of plenty work
to keep the forest in a continual cycle of transformation. Moore captures
the ongoing biography of this very particular place.
Mott, coordinator of statewide exhibitions at the Virginia Museum
of Fine Arts, says
of Moore’s work: “At a cursory glance, Moore’s work
may appear to be simply beautiful images of trees, flowers and the
occasional waterfall. A moment’s investigation, however, discloses
ability to move beyond the documentary to what photographer and critic
Robert Adams calls ‘The second that looks inexplicably right.’”
patience and the ability to perceive the most compelling viewpoint
of angle, the richest light, the strongest shadow, Moore captures
the significance of a place in a way that makes us look beyond
the particular,” says Mott. “He
makes intelligible to us that which we already know, but have forgotten
Office of Statewide Partnerships of the Virginia Museum of Fine
Arts organized the exhibit with support
from Philip Morris
Council of the Virginia
Museum of Fine Arts.
will be a gallery reception celebrating the exhibit and the release
of Moore’s book, “Shenandoah:
Views of Our National Park,” on
Sunday, Oct. 19, from 2–4 p.m. For additional information,
contact Amanda Berlin at (434) 924-3286 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information regarding
the book, contact Trish Downey Phipps at (434) 982-2932 or visit
the University of
Virginia Press Web site at www.upress.virginia.edu.
Amanda Berlin, (434) 982-2932