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Henry Wessel, Jr. first gained recognition in the 1970s as part of the New Topographics, a group of photographers who challenged the conventions of documentary and landscape photography, capturing instead the poetry of seemingly mundane scenes and subjects—traffic lights, advertisements, empty landscapes, and suburbia. During the 1970s Wessel moved to San Francisco from New York after falling in love with the brilliant quality of light in California. There, in both black-and-white and color film, he photographed the vernacular architecture and social landscape of his new surroundings, in prints marked by long shadows and rich tonal variations. Speaking about judging a successful photo, Wessel once said, “You’re suddenly seeing the coherence and the interconnectedness of everything, left to right, bottom to top, front to back. It’s all connected, and somehow, it’s all in balance. And that’s, of course, when you go ‘Yes!’”

Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Selected exhibitions
2021
For the Record: Documentary Photographs from the Etherton Gallery Archive & Danny Lyon: Thirty Photographs, 1962-1980Etherton Gallery
Door into the DarkRena Bransten Gallery
2017
Henry WesselBarry Whistler Gallery
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Waikiki, 1979

Early silver print
14 × 11 in
35.6 × 27.9 cm
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New York
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Henry Wessel, Jr. first gained recognition in the 1970s as part of the New Topographics, a group of photographers who challenged the conventions of documentary and landscape photography, capturing instead the poetry of seemingly mundane scenes and subjects—traffic lights, advertisements, empty landscapes, and suburbia. During the 1970s Wessel moved to San Francisco from New York after falling in love with the brilliant quality of light in California. There, in both black-and-white and color film, he photographed the vernacular architecture and social landscape of his new surroundings, in prints marked by long shadows and rich tonal variations. Speaking about judging a successful photo, Wessel once said, “You’re suddenly seeing the coherence and the interconnectedness of everything, left to right, bottom to top, front to back. It’s all connected, and somehow, it’s all in balance. And that’s, of course, when you go ‘Yes!’”

Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Selected exhibitions (3)
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