Award Winners / Artist Profile

About the Artist

Zachary Mazur (Pullman) received a 2007 GAP to cover film, equipment, printing and mounting expenses for the ongoing photographic project A Recent History. The project “addresses regional landmarks and roadside attractions in the rural Palouse. Rather than photographing the marker itself, I literally turn my back on the landmark in order to photograph the surrounding landscape. This not only reflects my deliberate response to the sanitized perspective of the tourist gaze, but also serves as a metaphor for my own questioning of the landmark’s historical legitimacy. A Recent History addresses how the landscape can be transformed into a commodity for the tourist and examines the authenticity of how we label the landscape in response to its cultural or historical significance.”

Information included above was provided by artist at the time of application.