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Route 127 near Death Valley National Monument, California

Len Jenshel (American, born in 1949)


Sheet: 50.8 x 60.96 cm (20 x 24 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Photograph, chromogenic print (Ektacolor)

Not On View


Americas, Contemporary Art, Photography



The landscape of the American West has been a favorite subject of photographers since the invention of the medium. Len Jenshel fell under the spell of the western landscape’s great expanse, having first discovered the region as a young child. He returned as an adult to document - with irony and a sense of humor - the impact of tourism and the automobile on the country’s national parks. He had long admired the hallucinatory detail and unpeopled views of his nineteenth-century predecessors, but his large-scale color photographs also include signs of man’s encroachment on even our most protected wilderness spaces. Here, for example, Jenshel captures a wry panoramic view of Death Valley complete with a topsy-turvy reflection of his lunch in his car’s windshield.


Verso, signed in black ink, l.l.: Len Jenshel. Verso, in black ink, across bottom: 2/25. Route 127 near Death Valley National Monument, California, 1990. (5735.5).

Credit Line

Sophie M. Friedman Fund