Luminous River: Photographs of the Susquehanna and Extreme Horticulture

  April 2 - May 26, 2006

The Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery presents two exhibitions by John Pfahl, one of the preeminent landscape photographers of the past decades, whose work has concentrated on merging idealized landscape images with visual traces of human existence.

Luminous River pays homage to the Susquehanna River, a waterway that has played a significant role in the transportation of goods dating back to the colonial times, but has often been overlooked for its beauty. Pfahl, whose captivation with the Susquehanna began several years ago, has systemically followed and photographed the river from its origin in Otsego Lake to its mouth in the Chesapeake Bay, documenting its picturesque qualities. Phahl's photographs reference early American landscape art, particularly that of the 19th century Luminists, whose paintings of the Hudson River reflect a timelessness, stillness, clarity and sensitivity to light.

Extreme Horticulture includes photographs taken over several years in private and public gardens around the United States. Subjects range from the sublimely beautiful Birch Allee at Stan Hywet Gardens in Akron, Ohio, to the ridiculous Fifty-foot Inchworm, an azalea topiary at Cypress Gardens, Florida. The series continues the artist's interest in nature and humans' effects on nature.

The exhibitions are organized by Nina Freudenheim, Inc. in Buffalo, New York.