Gus Foster’s large-scale panoramic mountain photographs lead spectators on a pilgrimage to the rarified air at the top of the world. Gus Foster: Panoramic Photographs of Northern New Mexico includes works beginning from the artist’s first years in Taos in the 1970s working with antique panoramic Cirkut cameras using black and white film, and moves through the 1980s-2000s when he began using cameras with new technology, color film, a unique enlarger for the large negatives, and a custom color darkroom of his own design and fabrication for 16-foot long photographic prints. The exhibition concludes with Foster’s recent digital camera work, no longer panoramic in format, but still exploring themes of time and space. These photographs are meaningfully exhibited in Taos, the original place that inspired an epic journey, which has spanned 14,000-foot mountain summits, subzero temperatures, thousands of miles, and 45 years of photographic work.
Gus Foster, Sunset, Moonrise, Highline Ridge, Taos County, New Mexico, 1980, 403°. Courtesy of the artist.
Gus Foster, Taos Pueblo Christmas Eve, New Mexico, 198e, 315°. Courtesy of the artist.