Victoria Sambunaris

October 30, 2020 - December 31, 2020
  • Victoria Sambunaris creates large-scale photographs of the American West that examine the intersections of modern civilization and the natural environment. Inspired by the intrepid nineteenth century photographers whose work helped to define our understanding of the region, Sambunaris embarks upon an extended, solitary road trip each year, capturing the American landscape with a large format, five-by-seven wooden field camera. Highly detailed and carefully composed, the resulting photographs present a visually refined portrait of a vast industrial terrain embedded within the high desert, grassy plains and estuarial corridors of the country.

     From 2009 to 2011, Sambunaris covered the two thousand mile extent of the border between the United States and Mexico in an attempt to understand the essence of the border culture and the divided landscape. A later project involved photographing the infrastructure and ecological implications of the energy industry in South Texas, and for her most recent project, from 2016-2018, Sambunaris focused her attention on the development, commerce and geology throughout Utah. Combining in-depth planning and research with a laborious mode of shooting and developing, sometimes waiting days for the right conditions, Sambunaris’ photographs communicate a deeply layered sense of place and a nuanced view of the complex issues surrounding American land use and management.

     

     

    • Victoria Sambunaris Untitled (Lucin Cutoff), Great Salt Lake, Utah, 2019 Chromogenic Print 39 x 55 inches Edition of 5 + 2 APs
      Victoria Sambunaris
      Untitled (Lucin Cutoff), Great Salt Lake, Utah, 2019
      Chromogenic Print
      39 x 55 inches
      Edition of 5 + 2 APs
      $10,000.00
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    • Victoria Sambunaris Untitled (Houses), Wendover, Utah, 2007 Chromogenic Print 55 x 77 inches Edition of 3 + 2 APs
      Victoria Sambunaris
      Untitled (Houses), Wendover, Utah, 2007
      Chromogenic Print
      55 x 77 inches
      Edition of 3 + 2 APs
      $18,000.00
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    • Victoria Sambunaris Untitled (Night Train), Galveston, Texas, 2015 Chromogenic Print 55 x 77 inches Edition of 3 + 2 APs
      Victoria Sambunaris
      Untitled (Night Train), Galveston, Texas, 2015
      Chromogenic Print
      55 x 77 inches
      Edition of 3 + 2 APs
      $18,000.00
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    • Victoria Sambunaris Untitled (Housing Development), Draper, Utah, 2017 Chromogenic Print 39 x 55 inches Edition of 5 + 2 APs
      Victoria Sambunaris
      Untitled (Housing Development), Draper, Utah, 2017
      Chromogenic Print
      39 x 55 inches
      Edition of 5 + 2 APs
      $10,000.00
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    • Victoria Sambunaris Untitled (Hercules Gap), Ely, Nevada, 2004 Chromogenic Print 39 x 55 inches Edition of 5 + 2 APs
      Victoria Sambunaris
      Untitled (Hercules Gap), Ely, Nevada, 2004
      Chromogenic Print
      39 x 55 inches
      Edition of 5 + 2 APs
      $10,000.00
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    • Victoria Sambunaris Untitled (Haleakala crater, with ground), Maui, Hawaii, 2005 Chromogenic Print 39 x 55 inches Edition of 5 + 2 APs
      Victoria Sambunaris
      Untitled (Haleakala crater, with ground), Maui, Hawaii, 2005
      Chromogenic Print
      39 x 55 inches
      Edition of 5 + 2 APs
      $12,000.00
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  • Victoria Sambunaris
    Untitled (The Bowl in Bahia Grande), Brownsville, Texas, 2015
    Chromogenic Print
    30 x 84 inches
    Edition of 5 + 2 APs
    $15,000.00
    • Victoria Sambunaris Untitled (Evaporation Pool), Moab, Utah, 2017 Chromogenic Print 39 x 55 inches Edition of 5 + 2 APs
      Victoria Sambunaris
      Untitled (Evaporation Pool), Moab, Utah, 2017
      Chromogenic Print
      39 x 55 inches
      Edition of 5 + 2 APs
      $10,000.00
    • Victoria Sambunaris Untitled (Caverns, Luray, Virginia), 2006 Chromogenic Print 39 x 55 inches Edition of 5 + 2 APs
      Victoria Sambunaris
      Untitled (Caverns, Luray, Virginia), 2006
      Chromogenic Print
      39 x 55 inches
      Edition of 5 + 2 APs
      $10,000.00
    • Victoria Sambunaris Untitled (train line), Cedar Point, Colorado, 2002 Chromogenic Print 55 x 77 inches Edition of 3 + 2 APs
      Victoria Sambunaris
      Untitled (train line), Cedar Point, Colorado, 2002
      Chromogenic Print
      55 x 77 inches
      Edition of 3 + 2 APs
      $18,000.00
    • Victoria Sambunaris Untitled (Border view south from grasslands), Hereford, Arizona, 2010 Chromogenic Print 55 x 77 inches Edition of 3 + 2 APs
      Victoria Sambunaris
      Untitled (Border view south from grasslands), Hereford, Arizona, 2010
      Chromogenic Print
      55 x 77 inches
      Edition of 3 + 2 APs
      $20,000.00
    • Victoria Sambunaris Untitled (Train tracks), Port Lavaca, Texas, 2015 Chromogenic Print 39 x 55 inches Edition of 5 + 2 APs
      Victoria Sambunaris
      Untitled (Train tracks), Port Lavaca, Texas, 2015
      Chromogenic Print
      39 x 55 inches
      Edition of 5 + 2 APs
      $10,000.00
    • Victoria Sambunaris Untitled (Intercoastal waterway with red barge), Bolivar Peninsula, Texas, 2015 Chromogenic Print 39 x 55 inches Edition of 5 + 2 APs
      Victoria Sambunaris
      Untitled (Intercoastal waterway with red barge), Bolivar Peninsula, Texas, 2015
      Chromogenic Print
      39 x 55 inches
      Edition of 5 + 2 APs
      $10,000.00
  • Victoria Sambunaris was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1964, and lives and works in New York. She received a BA from Mount Vernon College in 1986 and an MFA from Yale University School of Art in 1999, where she has since held various teaching positions. She is the receipient of the Anonymous Was a Woman Award and an Aaron Siskind Foundation Fellowship Grant. In 2011, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery presented a mid-career retrospective of her work which traveled to the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago and the Nevada Museum of Art. From October 30, 2020 - May 1, 2021, the Brigham Young University Museum of Art will present Far Out: The West Re-Seen, a major restrospective of Sambunaris' work bringing together over forty works from throughout her career.

     

    Sambunaris' work can be seen in numerous public collections throughout the United States, including those of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; Lannan Foundation, Santa Fe; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Her monograph, Taxonomy of a Landscape, published by Radius Books, presents a ten year survey of her work.