Ruwedel's modestly scaled black-and-white photographs of landscapes in the American and Canadian West combine the descriptive rigor of classic nineteenth-century survey shots with the more skeptical viewpoint of the nineteen-seventies' New Topographics crew.
His results, installed in thematic, twelve-shot grids around the gallery, are as handsome as they are shrewd. Ruwedel documents the now abandoned sites of pioneering railways—trestles, tunnels, cuts, grades—many of which are being reclaimed by the wild. The most dramatic of his photographs depict the paths carved between mountains, reminders of the determined push west and the landscape's gradual push back.
From The New Yorker.