Robert Adams

Motel
1969, printed c. 1970
From: The New West

Not on view

With Motel, Robert Adams achieves what he once described as “that perfectly balanced frame where everything fits.” Adams has captured the Colorado Springs motel in such a way that the building forms a precise horizontal bar across the photograph, while the tail ends of unmistakably American-made automobiles edge into the foreground, and a distant mountain range fades into the silvery mist. The contrast between the majestic grandeur of the mountains and the banality of the motel and cars—those familiar icons of American suburbia—is presented neutrally; the natural and the manmade simply coexist.

Artist
Robert Adams

Title
Motel

Series
The New West

Date
1969, printed c. 1970

Classification
Photographs

Medium
Gelatin silver print mounted on paperboard

Dimensions
Mount: 13 × 11 in. (33 × 27.9 cm) Overall: 5 7/8 × 5 15/16 in. (14.9 × 15.1 cm)

Accession number
96.12

Credit line
Purchase, with funds from the Photography Committee

Rights and reproductions information
© artist or artist’s estate



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