Illinois, USA. 2017. by Peter van Agtmael.
6″ x 6″ Magnum Square print
Fuji Crystal Archival Matte paper
Signed on verso by Peter van Agtmael
In a sealed protective envelope
*Please note that the glossiness of the envelope might have caused some glare in the pictures
Statement from Peter van Agtmael on the back of print “Illinois, USA. 2017.”
“In the winter of 2017, I was in southern Illinois documenting the environmental consequences of coal mining in the region. I rented a helicopter to survey damage that was hidden from view. From above, the world can become simultaneously richer and more intangible, as the eye takes in far more details, sweeping across the scene, than it can easily distill. For me, the cameras not so well suited to the vastness of the landscape, but can render its details in ways that are both abstract and descriptive. After I photographed the surface mining and the polluted runoff, I had a few minutes left. The pilot clearly loved to fly, and through a microphone, I guided him to where my instinct took me. I found this bend in a creek surrounded by bare trees.”
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