Orange Trailer, Arizona

August 1, 2010

Orange Trailer, Arizona, 2006, Burk Uzzle, U.S. C-print, 40 x 50 inches. Gift of Charles Weinraub and Emily Kass. Burk Uzzle

Known for his original views of Americana, Burk Uzzle was the youngest photographer ever hired by Life magazine, where he worked for five years before becoming a freelance photographer. His iconic photographs of the Woodstock festival are among the most commonly reproduced today. Uzzle was also a president of Magnum Photos, the international photographers' cooperative founded by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, and others.

Orange Trailer, Arizona is part of a series called "Just Add Water," which documents Uzzle's recent travels across the U.S. in search of the anomalies that define our landscape and the hidden beauty that is often overlooked. Through photographs like Orange Trailer, Arizona, he creates compelling images that reveal the beauty he discovers to the rest of us.

The large-scale C-print is a prime example of Uzzle's ability to transform unremarkable, everyday objects—in this case, a parked trailer against a fence on a cloudless day—into a bare-bones, modernist work of art. Through his use of bold color and ingenious cropping, vibrant areas of orange, purple, and blue are arranged in a precise rectilinear fashion that could easily translate to the restrained compositions by color-field painters such as Barnett Newman and Mark Rothko.