Shoshone Falls then and now Just east of Twin Falls, Idaho, lies Shoshone Falls, a thousand-foot-wide sheet of water that cascades down a precipice higher than Niagara Falls. The dramatic cliffs and rushes of water at Shoshone are captured in Shoshone Falls, a new release from Radius Books. The photos are taken by two artists — one contemporary and one a member of a 19th-century survey team — in what Smithsonian Institution photo curator Toby Jurovics refers to as “a call and response — spanning 130 years.”
The first section of photos are by Timothy O’Sullivan, who created some of the first landscape photos of the American West as part of the U.S. Geological Exploration of the 40th Parallel in the 1860s and 1870s. The second set comes from a 2003 expedition undertaken by Thomas Joshua Cooper, who received a 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship in photography. “I am not interested,” Cooper explains in this book, “in places that humans have not touched, not interested in places where there has not been a response, where some relationship has not happened.”
The photo sets complement one another well. Cooper’s photos are darkly lush illustrations of geologic details and whirling eddies that might go unnoticed in a larger portrait, while Sullivan’s photos take in the vast waterscape in its entirety. Cooper attends a book signing and reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10, at the Lannan Foundation Gallery, 309 Read St. Call 986-8160 for more information.
— Casey Sanchez
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