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 Robert Langham III,  Snake Hand,  1997, silver gelatin print, 24 x 20 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Robert Langham III, Snake Hand, 1997, silver gelatin print, 24 x 20 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Photographer Robert Langham is known to rescue or adopt wild animals and other creatures found near his home in Tyler, Texas. He then poses them in unique and interesting ways in his studio. What began unintentionally with the documentation of one rescued animal, has now become an ongoing provocative series as friends and strangers continue to provide new subject matter.    

Langham’s staging approach is straightforward, utilizing simple and often seeminglyarbitrary props. He then photographs and prints the images using traditional processes of true black and white or platinum contact prints.  

Often the human presence of a hand is portrayed, gently guiding or holding an animal in its unnatural setting. The works allude to the forced integration of humans into natural habitats.  The need for humans to be caretakers of the vulnerable due to this collision can also be inferred through the images. Regardless of subtext, the results are curious and beautiful portraits of nature’s now Dzbackyarddz creatures. This exhibition is sponsored in part by Dennis Blagg, Georga and Judd Harrison, William P. Wright, Jr, and Anonymous.