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Indian Ladder
A Lyric Journey
Indian Ladder
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John Yang - Photographer
Albany Institute of History and Art
Price: $29.95 
Paperback - 80 pages
Release Date: January 2007
ISBN10: 0-939072-16-5
ISBN13: 978-0-939072-16-3

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Summary

Beautiful landscape photographs of the Helderberg Escarpment in New York State by renowned photographer John Yang.

Since 2001, New York City photographer John Yang has captured in amazing detail the beauty of the landscape around Thacher Park, fifteen miles west of Albany, New York. The park is marked by a massive wall of rock nearly 1,100 feet in height, known as the Helderberg Escarpment. It is a prominent geological feature that marks the landscape and defines the northern limits of the Helderberg Mountains, the third most significant mountain chain in New York State. According to local lore, American Indians constructed a ladder at the escarpment in order to traverse the steep rock wall. The legendary ladder has become ingrained in the identity of the place, to the point that “Indian Ladder” is synonymous with Helderberg Escarpment. In 1914, land along the ridge was donated to the State of New York and dedicated as the John Boyd Thacher State Park in honor of Albany’s former mayor, historian, and foresighted conservationist.

Yang’s stunning photographs of the Indian Ladder Trail are reminiscent of works by the great nineteenth-century photographers Carleton E. Watkins and William Henry Jackson. His seductive prints lead the viewer on a visual hike along Indian Ladder Trail, opening the eyes to expansive scenery at one moment and drawing one inward at the next, into dark and mysterious chambers of layered rock. A quiet timelessness pervades his scenes. Yang’s photographic journey along Indian Ladder Trail is a lyric one, filled with a sense of self-discovery.

John Yang is a photographer residing in New York City. His photographs have been exhibited since 1965 in such venues as the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and featured in solo shows at Marcuse Pfeifer Gallery and John Stevenson Gallery in New York. His publications include Mount Zion: Sepulchral Portraits and Over the Door: The Ornamental Stonework of New York.

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