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Image of Study 12, 680/24 Interchange, CA 1999 (printed 2000)

Study 12, 680/24 Interchange, CA 1999 (printed 2000)

10 3/8 x 10 3/8 in. (26.35 x 26.35 cm)

Rolfe Horn (Walnut Creek, California, 1971 - )

Object Type: Photograph
Medium and Support: Gelatin silver print on paper
Credit Line: Gift of Arthur J. Goodwin
Accession Number: 2004.48.14


City Limits, City Life
, December 13, 2014 - June 14, 2015, Historic Wing, Paul L. Davies Gallery, San José Museum of Art.

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City Limits, City Life (2014-2015)

Rolfe Horn’s Study 12, 680/24 Interchange, CA 1999 presents monstrous overpasses cropped so that no beginning or end is in sight. Heavy concrete pillars support the converging highway roads against a pitch-black sky. The lack of physical human presence in an architectural structure intended to facilitate mass transportation suggests abandonment, misuse, and loneliness.

Horn prefers analogue photography methods and rejects the use of any kind of digital manipulation in his work. In his interpretation of the landscape, he considers it important that his photographs “maintain their original integrity of witnessing truth.” The ability to capture but also manipulate “truth” in photography has long been a contentious subject. The debate can become especially poignant when applied to the realities of city life.

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