New York Photo Review
NYPR Archives - 2010

Larry Ledermann
The Presence of Trees
R. Wayne Parsons

No doubt about it: trees are marvelous life forms. This conclusion is confirmed by Larry Lederman’s lovely color photographs of trees at the Ross Gallery at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. Thirty-three images of trees in the Garden itself, in Westchester County, and one in Rome are displayed. The work is well crafted; a focus problem with red berries on an Igiri tree is the only technical failure.

Unfortunately, Mr. Lederman has nothing to add to the long history of tree photography other than pleasing imagery, imagery that is in no way different from or an improvement on the vast volume of work preceding his. The exhibition also suffers from too broad a scope: we see close-ups of flowers and buds, tree-filled landscapes in snow, trees in the mist, trees seen through Henry Moore sculptures, and other approaches to the material. Any one of these would provide more than enough material for a satisfying exhibition.

This is calendar art –- indeed, the calendar can be bought in the gift shop. Just the slightest hint of curatorial timidity is suggested by the notation in the introductory text that Mr. Lederman is member of the Botanic Garden Board of Advisors.

Larry Ledermann
The Presence of Trees

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