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Agra, 2008

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    Agra (photographed)

  • Date:

    2008 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Leong, Sze Tsung (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    photography

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with funds from the Al-Thani Fund

  • Museum number:

    E.801-2014

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room 514, case BLCG, shelf E, box 1

  • Public access description

    Sze Tsung Leong was born in Mexico City in 1970, spent his childhood between Mexico, Britain, and the United States, and currently lives and works in New York. His work has been exhibited internationally, and his work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the High Museum of Art, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Yale University Art Gallery, and the National Galleries of Scotland, among others. Horizons, his second book, was published by Hatje Cantz in 2014.

    Horizons is a series of landscape photographs taken all over the world, in which the horizon is always at precisely the same place. The photographs – all meticulously framed, and some starkly minimalist – can be viewed together in various arrangements, to create the appearance of a continuous horizon running through them all. The series explores the relationship between geography and the built environment. Leong states: ‘Horizons is an ongoing series of photographs, begun in 2001, that depict expansive views of a broad spectrum of environments throughout the world. The locations of the images may be distant in geography and diverse in subject matter, yet the photographs are linked by a horizon which continues in the same position from image to image. When placed side by side, the images form an extended landscape composed of an accumulation of varied continents, cities, terrains, situations, textures, and colors.’ Leong shoots on film with medium and large format cameras, and makes analogue chromogenic prints.

  • Physical description

    A colour photograph of Agra, India. To the left of the photograph in the background is a railway bridge with washing lines crossing the ground below. To the right of the photograph in the distance is a feint outline of the Taj Mahal.

  • Marks and inscriptions

    Signed, dated, numbered and titled on verso

  • Dimensions

    Height: 35.56 cm paper, Width: 60.96 cm paper, Height: 30.48 cm image, Width: 55.88 cm image

  • Descriptive line

    Photograph by Sze Tsung Leong, 'Agra, 2008', from the series 'Horizons', C-type print

  • Labels and date

    Sze Tsung Leong (born 1970)
    ‘Canale della Giudecca I, Venezia’; ‘Victorville, California’; ‘Agra’; ‘Greenwich, London’; ‘Mexico DF I’
    From the series ‘Horizons’
    2006–10

    When these photographs are shown together, a continuous horizon links a diverse set of landscapes from all over the world. The series explores the relationship between geography and the built environment, alternately showing how nature can restrict or yield to human endeavours.

    C-type prints (printed 2014)
    Purchased with the Al-Thani Fund
    Museum nos. E.799 to 803-2014 [2015]

  • Production Type and Product Note

    Limited edition

  • Collection code

    Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection