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Mark Klett:   Ideas about Time
Edited by Marilyn Zeitlin
Illustrated. 52 pp.
Arizona State University Art Museum. US$149.99
ISBN: 096795472X

It may be considered difficult to represent the passage of time in a flat medium such as photography, but it is precisely this representation that renders Mark Klett's work brilliant, subtle, and evocative. Originally trained as a geologist, Klett turned an artistic, photographic eye onto the Western landscape in the late 1970s. Some of his more recent efforts have been on display at the Arizona State University Art Museum. The collection there is beautifully represented in this work, Mark Klett: Ideas about Time.

With his background in geology, Klett has been trained to think of and grasp vast periods of time. Through his photography, he has found ways to represent long segments of time in that instantaneous moment of a photograph. Sometimes the image is something as simple as a shadow on the wall, a suggestion of what might have been there a moment ago, but is no longer. A particular favorite is the photograph of a figurative rock carving, with a rough stone sitting on top where the head would be, if it were still there. A series of portraits, images of rusting corrugated roofing, or the sun slanting over the western landscape...all the images in the book speak profoundly of the artist's intimate connection to his subjects.

Mark Klett: Ideas about Time is a beautifully bound book that displays one of America's best photographers at his best. Included is an essay by Marilyn Zeitlin, museum curator, that nudges the viewer's appreciation and understanding of Klett's photographs to a deeper level. A full history of Mark Klett is also included.

Mark Klett is an American photographer. His awards include an Emeriging Artist Fellowship for the National Endowment for the Arts in 1979, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships in 1982 and 1984, Photographer of the Year from Friends of Photography in 1993, a Japan/U.S. Creative Artist Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2004.

Marilyn Zeitlin is museum director of the Arizona State University Art Museum.

Sylvia Breau, for Notable Book Reviews
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