The Getty Center
Date: Thursday, August 16, 2012
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Harold M. Williams Auditorium
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Untitled, White trains on salt flats / Sambunaris
In this unique dialogue, Matthew Coolidge, founder and director of the Center for Land Use Interpretation, and Victoria Sambunaris, photographer, discuss their photographic practice and shared interest in landscape as a photographic subject. After individual presentations of their work, Coolidge and Sambunaris converse and take questions from the audience.

Founded in 1994 and based in Culver City, the Center for Land Use Interpretation exists to stimulate discussion, thought, and general interest in the contemporary landscape. The Center develops exhibitions and other resources to increase understanding of the nature and extent of human interaction with the earth's surface. Matthew Coolidge serves as project director, photographer, and curator of exhibitions organized by the Center. He has taught at the California College of the Arts and received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2004.

Photographer Victoria Sambunaris, who participated in the Wendover Residence Program operated by the Center for Land Use Interpretation in 2004, has been interested in landscape ever since she became a photographer. A nomad of sorts, Sambunaris structures each year of her life around a photographic journey crossing the American landscape. These journeys have taken her throughout the Northeast, across the western plains, to the Salton Sea, Petrified Forest, and around the mines of Nevada. She has traveled to Alaska and through the Arctic Circle to reach Prudhoe Bay. Most recently she followed the United States—Mexican border photographing the intersection of geology, politics, and culture.

Complements the exhibition In Focus: Picturing Landscape.

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