As summer begins its slow fade, museumgoers can look forward to a seasonal shift in exhibits across the country. Below, some of the most inspiring, wanderlust-worthy photography displays worth putting on your fall itinerary:
Ansel Adams: Masterworks from Seven Decades, 1928-1982
At the Quintenz Gallery in Aspen (Ends September 8)
Ansel Adams is known for preserving the sublime beauty of Yosemite national park by way of black-and-white gelatin prints. This exhibit features more than 50 photographs of more of the country’s most scenic landscapes. In all, Adams’s work makes icons out of the wilds of Alaska and the plains of New Mexico. Be sure to check out Rose and Driftwood.
At the Southampton Arts Center in Southampton, New York (Ends September 7)
If you’re planning a trip to the Hamptons for the Labor Day weekend, make sure to save some time to visit Cuba! Cuba!, an exhibit of more than 65 years of Cuban photography—from the height of the cold war to the present. It’s apt timing for a collection such as this: U.S.-Cuban relations are on the mend, and new ways to travel to Cuba are surfacing regularly. The photos, all taken by Cubans, document the political crises of the 1950s, the colorful street shots of Havana, and more. The International Center for Photography, which is putting on the show, will move the exhibit after its end in Southampton, so stay tuned.
The Art of the Airport Tower
At the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, Washington D.C (November 11, 2015 to November 2016)
Smithsonian photographer Carolyn Russo has an artistic take on the world’s airport towers, in turn shining a spotlight on the preservation of these historic (if utilitarian) buildings. The photos are beautiful black and white prints that highlight the modern architecture and distinct design of each structure. Spotted: contemporary structures found at the Abu Dhabi and Dubai international airports and The Ford Island Tower, which survived the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
In and Out of the Studio: Photographic Portraits from West Africa
At the Metropolitan Museum of Art (August 31, 2015 to January 3, 2016)
The Met’s new In and Out of the Studio exhibit spotlights the photography coming out of West Africa. The installation features more than 80 photographs, postcards, and negatives spanning more than a century—from 1870 to the 1970s. The collection is meant to show how pivotal photography was as a way of self-expression for artists in the region.
Façades by Markus Brunetti
At the Yossi Milo Gallery in New York City (September 10 to October 17, 2015)
The Yossi Milo Gallery, in NYC’s Chelsea neighborhood, will soon feature the European church façades of photographer Markus Brunetti, whose works composite images together to look like old architectural drawings. Visit for a new appreciation of the artistic and architectural details that went into buildings like the Notre Dame and the Duomo Santa Maria Assunta.