photokunst has extended its mission to a key environmental cause,
the preservation of our most crucial resource
and the source of life on earth, WATER.

Fragile Watersphotokunst conceptualized FRAGILE WATERS, a traveling photography exhibition; and has facilitated/coordinated its development. We hope this project will generate engagement and passion for the preservation of marine environments, furthering the legacy of the photographers’ work.


The inspiration for FRAGILE WATERS

Water is more than a resource. It is essential to all the life we know. Yet our oceans, rivers, lakes and other sources of water are in crisis. Extreme weather events, aquifer depletion, rights of access, toxic contaminants, fracking, pollution, floods, desertification, and the impact of rising seawater on urbanized deltas, are just a few of the pressing water-related issues that confront us.

The FRAGILE WATERS exhibition was born out of this concern. In 2010 a seemingly unstoppable oil spill gushed into the Gulf of Mexico, polluting and contaminating life not only in the water but on shore. Just one year later the powerful earthquake and tsunami in Japan again wrecked tragic destruction, including the release of radioactive contaminants onto the air and water, threatening life in unpredictable ways for years to come. These events increase the urgency of establishing courageous policies to protect watersheds, oceans, and plant and animal marine life. We all depend on clean and accessible potable water worldwide.


Jeanne Falk Adams: Curator’s Statement
“As curator of FRAGILE WATERS I began with the concept of beauty engaging the viewer and selected images from my father-in-law Ansel Adams, from Ernest H. Brooks II, and from Dorothy Kerper Monnelly that told a story about water, unspoiled land and waterscapes.
My personal energy in FRAGILE WATERS is a deeply held belief that everyone is to be respected for his individual perspective, and that with urbanization worldwide we move away from natural beauty so important for our psychological and spiritual balance and harmony. Beauty is one of those links. Black-and-white photography is classic and allows connection in individual ways. When life gets out of balance, inspiration can come from sources that engage feelings and love. I believe that water is so crucial, in all its force, wonder, and necessity for life, that an exhibition in which sensitive artists interpret water in environments they love can begin to shift that zeitgeist. Honoring downstream users becomes real. 
Ansel Adams, Ernest H. Brooks II, and Dorothy Kerper Monnelly have clear visions, intimately know the magic of mountain stream; the quiet, somber, lively coasts,; the life of animals, plants, fishes under water – new to many, and now captured for eternity. Enjoy”


FRAGILE WATERS currently will travel to five museums across the US:
The Mariners Museum, Newport News, VA: June 1 – September 2, 2013
Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL: October 5, 2013 – January 15, 2014
Massillon Museum, Massillon, OH: June 7 -September 21, 2014
Las Cruces Museum of Art, Las Cruces, NM: Oct. 15, 2014 – Jan.15, 2015
Maritime Museum of San Diego, San Diego, CA: March 1 – Sept. 15, 2015


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