Published by Steidl/Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Cologne. Edited by Susanne Breidenbach. Text by Gabriele Conrath-Scholl, Lucinda Devlin, Claudia Schubert. Interview by Lisa Le Feuvre.
This volume offers the first opportunity to view all of Greensboro-based Lucinda Devlinís (born 1947) photographic series in a single volume. The nine thematic series reveal a consistent approach from the 1970s to the present, from her early work as an exponent of New Color photography to her focus on various interiors and her exterior environments and landscapes of the 2000s. Following the example of Walker Evans, Devlin observes American culture with a critical eye, from the early series Pleasure Ground, offering glimpses into spaces of entertainment (discos, strip bars, fantasy hotels), to later images of operating theaters, autopsy rooms and execution chambers in The Omega Suites. In more recent works, Devlin examines the management of landscapes in Indiana, the Midwest, the Carolinas and Arizona, the changes in Utahís salt flats and Great Salt Lake, and the vast expanses of Lake Huron, to which she dedicated Lake Pictures between 2010 and 2019.
Lake Project is a series of color photographs of Lake Huron, one of the Great Lakes bordering the state of Michigan, by American photographer Lucinda Devlin (born 1947). The pictures--taken from the same vantage point, during different seasons and at different times of day or night--explore the changing character and nature of the lake, in the interplay of day and season, wind, sun and moonlight upon the reflections on the water's surface and the variously colored glows of the atmosphere above. Precisely bisecting Devlin's square images, the thin line of the horizon suggests the immensity of the space between these two elements, pulling the viewer into the center of the photographs where they converge.