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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

Thomas Joshua Cooper: The Snake River

Caul­dron Linn, No. 2

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