Frontcountry – The New Yorker

By Vince Aletti

The young photographer makes a knockout New York début, with big color landscapes and portraits of the American West. Foglia’s subject–the boom-and-bust impact of mining on rural Montana, Nevada, Wyoming and nearby states–isn’t obvious at first glance. Yet every picture has weight and a sure sense of place and (sometimes eccentric) character. In one image, a man wearing only a cowboy hat, boots, a bandanna and boxers lumbers through falling snow. Like Alec Soth, Foglia constructs loose narratives rooted in the American landscape. Their meaning is illusive; their beauty is plain as day. (Fredericks & Freiser, 536 W. 24th St. 212-633-6555.)