Landmark: the Field of Photography exhibition celebrating photographic landscape is currently on display at Somerset House in London, presenting a broad overview of the genre.
Its flagship is an impressive list of international artists taking part in the show – Edward Burtinsky, Mitch Epstein, Simon Norfolk, Mark Power, Nadav Kander, Simon Roberts and Peter Hugo to name a few. However, knowing and following some of their work, I never considered many of the participating artist to be landscape photographers, nor saw their work as belonging to the genre.
Not entering a long-winded debate on complicated terminology, since each artist is free to define (or not) their practice as they see fit, the show raised questions about the fine line between interpreting of a theme broadly and going off-topic. Luckily, I went to the exhibition not with intention see some great landscapes, but great photography and of that there is plenty!
Avoiding temptation to create at online version of the exhibition by flooding the post with photographs from the show, I decided to choose one that for me encompasses what a great landscape is – visually simple, captivating, telling a lot by saying nothing… It’s a portrait of my homeland by Hiroshi Sugimoto: