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Maxwell MacKenzie

November 10 - January 6, 2007

Fraser Gallery is pleased to present Sky Light, a solo exhibition of new photographs by DC based photographer, Maxwell MacKenzie.

These images constitute both a continuation and an extension of what began, in 1989, as a deeply personal exploration into my own family's history.

A selection of work from the first 10 years of this project has been collected into two volumes. The first is "Abandonings; Photographs of Otter Tail County, Minnesota" consisting of 28 color panoramic photographs of abandoned schools, barns and farmhouses, set in the agricultural landscape of my birthplace in western Minnesota, remnants of my maternal Scandinavian ancestors lives there, now all but passed away.

The 30 images in the second book, "American Ruins, Ghosts on the Landscape," were selected from hundreds taken over four years on numerous road trips back to Wisconsin and Minnesota, and further on to Montana, Idaho and the Dakotas. They represent an attempt to broaden my search and to further refine the themes developed in the earlier work. The important difference is that in place of my former color palette, I restricted myself to black and white, with the aim of simplifying and distilling the essence of these beautiful and fast vanishing structures.

Now, in addition to more American rural ruins, I have ventured another 100 years back in time to Scotland, home of my paternal MacKenzie forebears (with side trips to the white windmills of La Mancha in Spain and to the piers of the Pacific ocean.) In all I do, I simply strive to show the viewer what I saw, as clearly as I can: the beauty of man's humble and temporary efforts under a vast and glorious sky.


Photographs are available in the following sizes and editions.

9" x 28" Edition of 50

16" x 48" Edition of 50

24" x 72" Edition of 50

43" x 96" Edition of 20

Please call 301/718-9651 or email the gallery for more information.

"Near Campo de Criptana, Spain, 2004"

Near Eden
"Near Eden, Marshall County, South Dakota, 2005"

"Near Roslyn, Marshall County, South Dakota, 2005"

"Everts Township Homestead II, Otter Tail County, Minnesota, 2005"

"Everts Township Homestead II and Road, Otter Tail County, Minnesota, 2006"

"Farmstead near Round Lake, Otter Tail County, Minnesota, 2006"

"Friberg Township School, Near Red River Lake, Otter Tail County, Minnesota, 2006"

"Inman Township Farmstead, Otter Tail County, Minnesota, 2006"

"Aurdal Township Homestead, Otter Tail County, Minnesota, 2006"

Barn Detail
"Aurdal Township Farmstead - Detail, Otter Tail County, Minnesota, 2006"

Siulver Lake
"Near Silver Lake, Otter Tail County, Minnesota, 2006"

"Near Perham, Perham Township, Otter Tail County, Minnesota, 2006"

"Near Pebble Lake, Otter Tail County, Minnesota, 2006 Minnesota"

Stone Building
"Near Gairloch, Scotland, 2002"

Stone Building
"Near Ullapool, Scotland, 2002"

Pendroy Barn
"Near Pendroy, Teton County, Montana, 1996"

"Ventura Pier in the Rain, Ventura County, California, 2006"

Under Pier
"Santa Barbara Pier, Santa Barbara County, California, 2006"

Pier at Night
"Ventura Pier, Ventura County, California, 2006"

Side Pier
"Ventura Pier - Detail, Ventura County California, 2006"

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