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United States of America born 1942

Grain elevators - Minneapolis 1974. 1975 Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph

Dimensions: printed image 23.6 h x 23.6 w cm sheet 35.2 h x 27.6 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1980
Accession No: NGA 80.707

Texan-born Gohlke returned often to the Midwest to photograph the prairies, making a decade-long study of the grain elevators that dominate the landscape. He strives to make photographs with a deadpan objectivity, with no obvious style: ‘pure transparency is the goal, but it’s unattainable. It is the effort toward the goal that feeds the imagination’. Photography’s key role then is to open up potential meanings in an image and then create a space for the contemplation of these meanings.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra