|Artist||Klett, Mark (American, b. 1952)|
|Title||Pornographic Graffiti, Abandoned House|
|Technique||Gold chloride-toned contact print|
|Credit line||Gift of Drs. Antonio & Luz Racela|
Klett graduated from St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, in 1974 with his bachelor’s degree in geology. In 1977, he received his Masters of Fine Arts degree in Photography from State University of New York in Buffalo. He also completed a program of photographic studies at the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, New York. Klett’s solo exhibitions include the Smithsonian American Art Museum at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.; the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Arizona; the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, Illinois; and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography in Japan. The Antwerp Museum of Photography in Belgium, the Art Institute of Chicago, the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York are among the numerous permanent collections that include works by Klett.
Klett was influenced by the late 19th century expeditionary, Timothy O’Sullivan. Famous for documenting the so-called unexplored territories of the West, O’Sullivan’s images always manage to reveal the effects man has had on the landscape. Klett’s work also focuses on the interaction between man and his environment.