Shifting Perspectives: Landscape Photographs from the Collection


William Anders (American, b. 1933), NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) (founded 1958), Michael Light (American, b. 1963), Earthrise Seen for the First Time by Human Eyes, photograph by William Anders, Apollo 8, December 24, 1968, from the project Full Moon, 1999, printed 2021.

Gift of Photography Council, M2001.47. Courtesy the artist. Negative NASA; digital image © 1999 Michael Light


  • March 18–July 3, 2022

  • Herzfeld Center for Photography and Media Arts

  • Free for Members

  • Included with admission

  • Audio guide

Shifting Perspectives explores how photography can transform our understanding of the physical world—of the places we call home. Photographers have been documenting and reflecting upon the landscape since the early 1800s, when camera technology made capturing an image possible. Their pictures often trace the effects that political and social forces, including war, climate change, manufacturing, and development, have on the land. This exhibition highlights not only a range of artists represented in the Museum’s collection but also differing viewpoints. The more than 65 photographs represent, among others, contemporary artists Sky Hopinka and Pao Houa Her and iconic figures Ansel Adams and Lewis Baltz.

Among the works in the exhibition are Earthrise Seen for the First Time by Human Eyes, taken on a 1968 lunar mission (and brought to light only at the end of the 20th century); 19th-century photographs by George Barnard that record the aftermath of the American Civil War; and contemporary work by Afro-Caribbean artist Zalika Azim, which juxtaposes family photographs with images of Mars made by NASA’s Perseverance Rover. Together the works in the exhibition trace the various ways we as a society see and understand the landscape, from metaphor to speculative terrain.

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Exhibitions in the Herzfeld Center for Photography and Media Arts sponsored by

  • Herzfeld Foundation

The Milwaukee Art Museum extends its sincere thanks to the Visionaries.

  • Donna and Donald Baumgartner

  • Murph Burke

  • Joel and Caran Quadracci

  • Sue and Bud Selig

  • Jeff and Gail Yabuki and the Yabuki Family Foundation