Museum Home Past Exhibitions Where We Live: Photographs of America from the Berman Collection

October 24, 2006–February 25, 2007 at the Getty Center

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Browse reactions of other viewers below. These reactions were submitted to this site between October 19, 2006 and February 24, 2007. The site is now closed to new reactions. The opinions presented here may have been edited and do not reflect the opinions of the Getty.

Posted on 2/24/07 by Gianna Guidi, Ferrara (Italy)
I thank you so much of these beautiful videos and commentaries on your Web site. From a beautiful small town in northern Italy (Ferrara), many thankful greetings!

Posted on 2/23/07 by j dworzak, long beach, ca
One of the best shows I've been to in a long time—don't miss it!

Posted on 2/23/07 by Lydia Marcus, Encino, CA (San Fernando Valley)
I was completely overwhelmed by the Where We Live exhibit. Near the end of walking through all the galleries, I really felt like my brain and being couldn't even take in anymore beauty. As someone who is both obsessed with and interested in capturing (with photographs and with writing) the City of Angels that I grew up in, and someone that is fascinated by Americana—both the kind that still exists and the kind that is forever lost—the exhibit resonated with me in a way that I cannot even really put into words. The exhibit really inspired me to keep getting out there and shooting my native surroundings and to always keep an eye out for the totally mundane aspects of daily life that can seem so rich when captured on film/digital. BRAVO to the Getty and especially to the Bermans! Keep up the great work of collecting and sharing.

Posted on 1/26/07 by Michael Bazurto, Los Angeles
The "new" classics—photographs "capturing" the American scene. My photography teacher would have looked at these and said, "hmm...okay, now go and make a photograph, not take a picture. I was underwhelmed.

Posted on 1/23/07 by a. clint litton, savannah, georgia
Incredible. Such a captivating and diverse look at American culture and its many facets. Easily the highlight of my time in Los Angeles.

Posted on 1/16/07 by gary w vann, fresno, ca
What is interesting to me is to read the explanations of what the photographer Robert Adams was thinking about 30 years ago when he was taking a number of 35 mm images of urban sprawl. As far as I'm concerned, the commentary represents some loose documentary, after the fact, wanderings in a cow field. Thanks for allowing me to see how ridiculous this message is.

Posted on 12/22/06 by ian epstein in chicago
I came to this show after having driven to Los Angeles from New Haven, CT. With the expansiveness of the States fresh in my mind, this show was by far the most nuanced and delicate collection of artwork I have seen in a long time. The individual photographs by each photographer are stunning; the collection addresses issues that are too complex and nebulous for any language. See the show. That said, I also found it creatively inspiring.

Posted on 12/21/06 by adrian tyler in madrid, spain
Interesting show. As I live abroad, it'd be great to get podcasts of the lectures, espeially "Being a Photographer" by John Szarkowski.

Posted on 11/28/06 by bret, colorado springs, co
Just couldn't get over how well the story was told through the pictures and the connection it brought.

Posted on 11/20/06 by Andrea Lawrence-Stuart, San Diego, California, USA
Truly, the word is correct—reaction. Still, on the morning after visiting for the first time, there are no superlatives, much less words, sufficient to express my delight and awe at viewing Where We Live—humbling experience. Already I had a screensaver of Divola's Isolated Houses and was so pleasantly surprised to see them on exhibit in Where We Live. All of the photos were the greatest experience in the whole museum besides seeing, for the first time in my whole long life, Van Goghs, Pissarros, El Greco, van Dycks—a treasure trove of art—with my very own eyes. I cannot speak too highly of the talents and insight poured into these true-to-life photographs and am so grateful to the Getty for giving me among others such a wonderful gift, free to visitors. And it is a pity that so many others who were as fortunate as Mr. Getty do not give of themselves to the people of this country and the world. Due to time constraints I wasn't able to see the Holy Image, Hallowed Ground: Icons from Sinai, a deep regret, but hope to do so soon. Gratefully and still in a daze, Andrea

Posted on 11/05/06 by Jesse Rivera, Whittier, CA
I visited this exhibition this past Saturday with a few friends and it was fantastic. There was something there for the whole group and we each took away something different, which made for interesting table talk later that day. My personal favorites were Trudy in Annie's Sunflower Maze by Sheron Rupp and her other photo of an old couple in their veggie garden. I liked these two mostly because they remind me of my own grandparents and its how I see myself when I'm old and retired.

Posted on 10/22/06 by David Winkelman, San Diego, CA
Fence, Truro by Joel Meyerowitz is one of the most subtle yet arresting photos I've ever enjoyed seeing. As a published photographic artist, who's seen tons of other photographers' work, I would love to own or at least see this one in person some day.

Posted on 10/19/06 by Chris Gawa, Santa Monica, California, USA
I like the photos of solitary buildings, especially the one with the bricks painted over the siding and the door.