Nancy Albert: Documents in Black and White

Documents in Black and White: Photographs by Nancy Ottmann Albert

Oct. 5-Dec. 16, 2016

The exhibition “Documents in Black and White” consisted of photographs from the Nancy Ottmann Albert Collection. Selected by the artist, the works spanned the thirty years she spent documenting New England’s built environment. Inspired by Walker Evans and the FSA photographers, Albert (MALS ’94) began to photograph textile mills and industrial sites throughout New England in 1981. Shooting black and white film in a medium format camera, she returned over the years to record their decline and disappearance. Further exploration led her to seek out other endangered structures and landscapes. These included mental institutions emptied by changing philosophies of treatment and a commissioned study of Long River Village, Middletown’s oldest housing project, prior to its demolition. The exhibition also contained images of roadside and urban vernacular architecture, barns and abandoned homesteads, filling stations, and drive-in theaters. All of the work, which included gelatin silver photographs, was printed by the artist.