The Bridge at Hoover Dam
“How a structure and its creation are documented greatly impacts how it is remembered in history.
Construction of the bridge downstream from Hoover Dam is unique both for its historical importance, by its proximity to the dam, and for its technical achievement, bridging the Black Canyon over the Colorado River with the longest concrete arch span in North America. The bridge challenges us to examine the juncture of nature and technology on a scale that is both grand and human. When I first photographed the bridge in March 2009, it immediately captured my imagination. Watching the bridge's construction, especially at night, was both inspiring and captivating. The photo essay, which developed from this initial encounter, has allowed me to meld photographic and aesthetic sensibilities with a reawakened sense of childhood curiosity and awe. Photographically, the bridge as subject has been creatively and technically challenging, dynamic and transitory.” -Jamey Stillings
The bridge at Hoover Dam continues to hold Jamey Stillings' imagination well beyond the end of the construction. Having photographed the last 30 months of the bridge's construction, Stillings prepared a 42 print exhibition that opened on October 10th, 2010 at the Springs Preserve in Nevada in to coincide with the official opening of the Hoover Dam Bypass. We are proud to announce that the second venue for Stillings’ exhibition is photo-eye Gallery on April 8th, to be followed by the Phoenix Art Museum in August 2011. This exhibit is scheduled to travel for the next two years.
In the past thirty months Stillings’ Bridge at Hoover Dam images have been featured in numerous publications including The New York Times Magazine, the NPR blog The Picture Show, Smithsonian Magazine, American Heritage, and Trend Magazine, among others. Stillings’ work has also won a number of awards including CENTER Director’s Choice Award, First Place, 2010 Photolucida Critical Mass Top 50 & Book Award Finalist, 2010 and Best of ASMP 2010.