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Sponsored by Southern Methodist University's

William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies
Friends of the SMU Libraries/Colophon
Jerry Bywaters Special Collections (Hamon Arts Library)
The DeGolyer Library

September 30 through November 17, 2005

Shaped by Water: Landscape Photographs
by Carol and David Farmer


Morning Tide -- Bandon, Oregon  photograph © David Farmer

Mildred Hawn Gallery, Hamon Arts Library
Meadows School of the Arts

This exhibition of large format black & white landscape photographs ranges from grand views in the American West to quiet, intimate scenes along streams in the Texas Hill Country, all of the images are of landscapes carved and scoured by water.  They remind us that in the west water, our most critical natural resource, has profoundly shaped our environment for millions of years.

Carol studied photography with Charlie DeBus at SMU after retiring from a career in international consulting, while David turned to large format black & white images after retiring as director of DeGolyer Library at SMU and taking 35mm. photographs most of his life.  The Farmers have also studied with John Sexton.

“Large format photography has opened a new way life for us, a life imbued with passion for a process that repeatedly leads us back to the real world we love,” the Farmers said.  “We walk quietly into landscapes that inspire us to make photographs and allow us to experience the natural world more deeply and intensely than ever before.  We wait for the gift of light, and when it comes, we make images.  In sharing our work we hope to communicate the beauty of a land too often judged insufficiently ‘useful’ by those who champion its ‘development.”

Monday - Saturday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm; Sunday, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

David and Carol Farmer