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Burning Oil Sludge North of Denver, Colorado
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© Robert Adams

Robert Adams
American, 1973
Gelatin silver print
6 x 7 5/8 in.
2003.117.1

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One day in the winter of 1973 Robert Adams was drawn to a plume of smoke he saw in the distance as he drove north from Denver. The deep black of the noxious cloud and its graceful billowing provided an unexpected beauty against the snow-covered landscape. Adams deepened this contrast by including the front range of the Colorado Rockies in the distance and the oil derrick only yards from a stately tree.