Snapshot: ‘Incidents No. 6’ by Henry Wessel

Born in 1942, Henry Wessel grew up in suburban New Jersey before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1971. Since then he has been photographing the American west: not the mountains and redwoods but the parking lots, nude beaches and body builders. And the light. Describing the moment he arrived in California, he said: “It was like being in paradise. The light was so sharp, you could see the edge on everything. I got off the plane and I wanted to photograph everything that was there.” His portfolio of 27 undated photographs, entitled Incidents (2012), a “work without words” and including the image above, is on show at Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York, from April 24 until June

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