“The photo was made in Mexico at Pinacate, their first nature reserve. The time was dawn, and my shadow was raking across the top of the cider cone I had climbed. I noticed that I could project it onto a small saguaro cactus, and did so for the picture. Saguaros are the symbol of the Sonoran Desert in this part of Mexico and my home state of Arizona just a few dozen miles to the north. Saguaros may grow to be 30 or 40 feet tall and live over two hundred years. This cactus was relatively young, about my same age though much younger in saguaro years than I was in human years. It was a reflection of differing perceptions of time, of life and the land.”
– Mark Klett
Mark Klett received his BS in geology from St. Lawrence University, and his MFA in photography from the Visual Studies Workshop. Klett’s work has been in group shows at the Autry Museum in Los Angeles, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the Art Museum of the University of Texas in El Paso. He has a solo exhibition on view at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA. His work has been exhibited at museums and galleries internationally, including the Cleveland Museum of Art; the National Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C.; the Center for Creative Photography in Tuscon, AZ; and the Photo Gallery International in Tokyo, Japan, among others. His work is included in permanent collections worldwide, including at the George Eastman House in Rochester, NY; the Museum of Modern Art, New York City; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo; the Victoria and Albert Museum in London; and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, among others.