Thomas Joshua Cooper - LACMA

Thomas Joshua Cooper: The World’s Edge

Thomas Joshua Cooper: The World's Edge

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

5905 Wilshire Blvd

Los Angeles

CA 90036, USA


September 22 2019 – February 2 2020


For 50 years, Thomas Joshua Cooper has been making photographs outdoors. Often realised through intense physical travel to remote and isolated sites, these stunning, large-scale, black-and-white photographs encapsulate the psychological impact of the place through geographic and atmospheric details.


The exhibition, comprising 65 large-scale and 75 8 x 10 inch black-and-white photographs, showcase Cooper’s The Atlas of Emptiness and ExtremityThe World’s Edgethe Atlantic Basin Project, which he first embarked upon in 1987, to chart the Atlantic Basin from the extreme points of each north, south, east, and west coordinate.


Using a 19th-century Agfa Ansco view camera, his singular exposure of each site includes neither a horizon line nor the terrain below his feet, but rather the surrounding “sea spaces” that are unique, dissimilar, and not readily identifiable. For him each place is a point of departure allowing contemplation of the ocean’s emptiness beyond the extreme points of the land.

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August 2, 2019