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Vimy Ridge, 1993

Geoffrey James
British, Canadian, 1942
gelatin silver print
71.1 x 88.9 cm
Purchased 1995
National Gallery of Canada (no. 37984)
© Geoffrey James

Geoffrey James's photographs record the effects of human activity on the landscape. In "Vimy Ridge", it is difficult to ascertain the scale of the monumental, symmetrical mounds of eroded mine tailings, while the starkly abstract view is difficult to place in either time or space. Natural and economic forces seem to have acted equally to create this vista.

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