Strata Editions is an ongoing experimental photography project and store that presents collections of photobooks, photographic prints, and furniture designed in-house. Strata’s focused selections offer stories about the land and materials around us.

Western Contemporary

Strata Editions presented our first collection of works that study and celebrate present reflections, visions, and connections of place, beings, and ideas in the American West.

March 8–April 12

Placed
116 W Lewis St, Livingston, MT 59047

Thank you to everyone who visited and supported us. Stay tuned for our second collection in the coming months.

  • The West is a layered entry point for understanding contemporary photography: people can immediately recognize a photograph that was made in the West, whether it is stark and uncanny (like Susan Lipper’s Domesticated Land) or profuse and celebratory (like Carlos Jaramillo’s photographs of the charrería in Tierra del Sol).

    It suggests questions about the land and our collective past, and how those things are rendered in the present: Jim Mangan’s The Crick, in which boys create their own alternate reality as old-time explorers of the Western ‘frontier;’ Cassandra Klos’s Mars on Earth, where she leads teams of mock-astronauts on simulated missions to Mars; and Matt Calarco’s physical manipulations of his personal photo archive of the West in False Summits.

    It’s not easy, or truly possible, to get a rope around the theme of Western Contemporary. By bringing multiple perspectives into conversation with one another, we hope to represent the depth of current photographic explorations of the American West, and of the land itself.

  • Bryan Schutmaat
    Carlos Jaramillo
    Cassandra Klos
    Ian Bates
    Jim Mangan
    Matt Calarco
    Mimi Plumb
    Miraj Patel
    Pascale Georgiev
    Ron Jude
    Shawn Bush
    Sheida Soleimani
    Susan Lipper
    Tom de Peyret
    Wendy Red Star
    Zora J Murff