Akron Nightscape # 1 (The River)

Akron Nightscape # 1 (The River)


Penny Rakoff

(American, b. 1951)

Chromogenic process color print (Ektacolor)

Image: 35.8 x 46.7 cm (14 1/8 x 18 3/8 in.); Paper: 40.5 x 50.7 cm (15 15/16 x 19 15/16 in.); Matted: 71.1 x 81.3 cm (28 x 32 in.)

Herbert Ascherman, Jr., May Show Purchase Award for Photography, 1990 1987.69



In the late 1970s, Penny Rakoff began to make nocturnal color photographs exploring both the effects of artificial light and the technical properties of her medium. In Akron Nightscape #1 (The River), she used a long exposure to record the various lights illuminating the water's edge and the distant city. The image suggests a mysterious, forlorn landscape, existing somewhere between night and day.

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