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Joanne Mulberg, North Fork, Long Island, 1990, chromogenic color print.  Gift of the artist.

Viewfinders: Photographers Frame Nature

The Heckscher Museum of Art / January 28 - April 16, 2023 / Huntington, New York


Since the invention of the camera, photographers have enthralled viewers by interpreting the natural world. Viewfinders: Photographers Frame Nature explores artists’ varied responses to the relationship between nature and humans. These lens-based works reveal the divergent ways in which nature continues to fuel documentation of the human experience and imagination—from images symbolizing the untamed power of nature to those in which the landscape has been shaped and exploited by human consumption. It traces the lure of photography through five themes culminating in contemporary times when every person with a smartphone has the power to “frame nature.”


Guest Curator Dr. Susan Van Scoy’s selection of lens-based works include black and white, color, and digital photography, photomontage, and video dating from the late 19th century to the present. Legendary American photographers including Edward Steichen, Larry Fink, Berenice Abbott, and William Eggleston are represented, alongside newly acquired photographs by Kenji Nakahashi and Jeremy Dennis. Dr. Van Scoy also selected a substantial number of works by notable Long Island image makers, many capturing local sites and subjects.

Museum Hours: 

Thursday – Sunday
12 – 5 pm

Monday – Wednesday

The Heckscher Museum of Art
2 Prime Avenue
Huntington, New York