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William Clift

(United States of America 1944 – )

Corral, Hondo Valley, New Mexico
Media category
Materials used
gelatin silver photograph

17.4 x 24.4 cm image/sheet; 38.2 x 45.8 cm board

Signature & date
Signed l.r. board, pencil "William Clift". Not dated.
Purchased 1978
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

Born in Boston, William Clift began photography at the age of 10. After many years working on architectural subjects in the city he moved to Santa Fe in 1971 and commenced photographing the landscapes of New Mexico. His landscape works are a celebration of the beauty and vastness of the American landscape, quiet yet complex and filled with cultural and spiritual meaning.

The landscape tradition is very important in American photography, with all of the major photographers across the decades including the landscape as part of their work. Clift shows the continuation of this tradition and his images have a clear affinity with the work of Ansel Adams, using a similar tonal range, textural feeling and sense of monumental scale.

Bibliography (2)

Judy Annear, American beauty: from Muybridge to Goldin, Sydney, 2003. no catalogue numbers

Robert McFarlane, Critic's Choice, Sydney, 1994.

Exhibition history (4)

Works from the Photography Collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 10 Feb 1989–15 May 1989

International Photographs from the Collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 12 Jan 1991–14 Apr 1991

Critic's Choice, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 22 Apr 1994–10 Jul 1994

American Beauty: from Muybridge to Goldin, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 05 Jun 2003–27 Jul 2003