Lower Colorado Desert: Parallel Trails to the River

Ice Age

Lower Colorado Desert: Parallel Trails to the River


Mark Ruwedel

(American, b. 1954)

Gelatin silver print

Paper: 20.4 x 25.4 cm (8 1/16 x 10 in.)

Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2010.277



In his photographs, Ruwedel explores the impact of humanity on the American West in both the distant and recent past. In the series Desert Houses, ruins of houses inhabit the arid landscape. Similarly, Ice Age documents traces of human activity on the landscape, from worn footpaths to ancient campsites. These fading records of interaction with the land stand as a testament to both human endeavor and geological process.

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