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In Focus: Lynn Davis, Iceberg

In Focus: Lynn Davis, Iceberg

Iceberg #10, Disko Bay, Greenland, 1988, Selenium-toned gelatin silver print, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James Agah, Class of 1989 (BBA)

During a 20-year period from 1986 to 2007, Lynn Davis photographed Jakobshavn Glacier facing Disko Bay in Greenland, trying to capture what she calls the “changing alchemy of ice and water that created such monolithic forms.” In her evocative Iceberg #10, the projection of the edge of the iceberg is like the prow of a monumental vessel emerging from a shroud of mist. Davis tones her Arctic photographs with selenium or gold, adding a warmth to her prints that amplifies the qualities of an enveloping fog and the textures of ice.

Davis has made four voyages to Disko Bay. Over time the glacier has retreated and recently she has been unable to find the monumental icebergs she photographed earlier. She says, “nature as we have known it and taken for granted is now disappearing faster than we had ever imagined. … It is my hope and prayer that by witnessing and recording such transcendent phenomena that it is not too late to change what now seems like an irreversible fate.”