Frye Art Museum

photo by Jill Berarducci

Seattle, Washington

(206) 622-9250


A Visual Reflection: Photographs by Richard Buswell

June 4 - August 1, 1999


Richard Buswell documents the passing of time with powerful black and white images of pioneer relics: a bed frame in the snow, the wheel of a wagon. The Frye Art Museum brings this Montana photographer to Seattle for the first time. Using only natural light, the photographs are still lifes and landscapes combined. Buswell grew up around these Western images and the subjects relate to incidents and memories in the photographer's life.

Many of the structures in Buswell's photographs are already gone, destroyed by humans or acts of nature. But the images do more than document the past. They represent two histories - that of Montana at the turn of the century and that of Buswell's youth.

The exhibition is documented by a fully illustrated book published by Archival Press (MFA) at the University of Montana and a brochure published by the Frye Art Museum. Both will be available in the museum store.

Photographs by Richard Buswell (b. 1945), ©1999 Richard Buswell, from top to bottom (Click on thumbnail images to eenlarge them): Pump Organ Keys (detail), 1985, photograph, 14 x 18 inches, courtesy of the artist; Suspended Ladder, 1990, black and white photo

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