Photographs of Wildfires by Youngsuk Suh at Haines Gallery

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- Haines Gallery presents Wildfires, a seasonably salient exhibition of photographs by Youngsuk Suh. In his first solo exhibition in San Francisco, Suh continues his exploration of the myths of the American wilderness, a subject previously explored in his Instant Traveler series on national parks. Photographed during the California brushfires of 2008 and 2009, and now exhibited during a time of anticipated defense against the fire season, Wildfires explores mankind’s desire to “tame the untamable” and the mediation of natural imagery resulting in our subsequent alienation from natural processes and disasters. Suh’s photographs depict sweeping landscapes blanketed in smoke from nearby fires, while his human subjects engage in pursuits of both labor and leisure, despite the smoky