Much has been written about Robert & Shana ParkeHarrison, the husband and wife duo who met as students in New Mexico. She was studying dance and metalsmithing, while he was focused on photography. Within a few years of graduating, they gained instant recognition for their collaborative works that presented constructed and choreographed scenarios about mans effect on the landscape.

Robert and Shana Parke Harrison_Intermission-2015

More than twenty years later, the artists are still dedicated to the environment, showing us the power of nature, and the effect our actions have on it. By creating environments specifically to photograph, the artists address issues about the earth and our responsibility to heal the damage we’ve created, while investigating the human condition. This ideology has remained a constant, and is why they are so greatly admired.

Robert and Shana Parke Harrison_First-of-May-2015

Their newest series, Precipice, on show at the Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago until April 30, combines their love of theatre and performance. In each image, we see a man bearing witness to his own desires and struggles. In all of the majestic photographs, the environment is larger than man, reminding the viewer that we need to listen, pay attention and care for our surroundings.

Robert and Shana Parke Harrison_Logic-of-Spring-2015

Speaking of the latest collection of their works, the artists said:

“The stage offers endless narrative possibilities and favors contradictions – hope and despair, desire and failure… to explore the fragile human condition, and the overarching shadow of environmental destruction. Perhaps the only true hope for our world and our human spirit rests in our ability to imagine.”

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Robert and Shana Parke Harrison_Downpour-2015