Opening Celebration: June 7, 2019
Tema Stauffer’s bodies of work examine the social, economic and cultural landscape of American spaces. Her current photographic series, Upstate, focuses on landscapes and relics from the Hudson Valley, upstate New York area.
As Hudson was the first city chartered in the United States in 1785, it has a long history of economic prosperity and decline. Located on the banks of the Hudson River, the Hudson Valley has undergone vivid transitions. Hudson was once a thriving whaling and merchant seaport and then was followed by a booming factory town. Sadly, as factories closed, the region faced a downward spiral and a struggling decline. Today, once again, the Hudson Valley has transformed into a thriving region.
The photographs of Upstate record the imprint of American industrial and agricultural history left on settings throughout this area. Tema Stauffer photographs reveal a haunted atmosphere that permeates the Hudson Valley, where the past remains deeply resonant. Combining poetry with realism, these images express a quiet beauty and mystery in upstate New York and its shifting economic realities over time.