In Nothing That Falls Away photographers Meg Griffiths and Eliot Dudik present a collaborative series of color photographs representing a psychological and physical exploration of the landscape traveling across Highway 50, a two-lane road which bisects the state of Nevada.
Established along The Pony Express and coined in 1986 by Life magazine as “The Loneliest Road in America,” Highway 50 is known for traversing a desolate and sparsely populated stretch of seemingly barren country.
Along this road, Griffiths and Dudik explore love and loss, longing and wanderlust—those spaces we inhabit where things are often unclear. Through imagery and poetic prose, they poignantly direct our attention to the complication of personal relationships, the yearning for connection and the desire for autonomy at a moment of intersection in their individual lives.
Meg Griffiths’ photographic work deals with domestic, economic, historical and cultural relationships across the United States and Cuba. She is a Texas raised and based artist and educator teaching at Texas Woman’s University. She was honored with the 2017 Julia Margaret Cameron Award for best series in fine art photography, selected as one of Atlanta Celebrates Photography’s Ones to Watch, and named PDN 30’s: New and Emerging Photographers. Her work has been shown internationally, including: Atlanta Biennial, Chaing Mai Photo Festival, Columbia Museum of Art, Hathaway Contemporary Gallery, Center for Fine Art Photography, Griffin Museum, Houston Center for Photography, and Candela Gallery. Griffiths’ also been published in Fisheye (FR), Oxford American, Boston Globe, as well as Photo District News. Her work is a part of many private collections as well as the Capitol One Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Center for Fine Art Photography, Middle Tennessee University and Washington and Lee University.
The photographic art works and books by Eliot Dudik are found in institutional and private collections across the globe. His work explores the connection between culture, place, and history, while trying to understand the human condition. His first monograph, Road Ends in Water, was published in 2010. In 2012, Dudik was named one of PDN’s 30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch and one of Oxford American Magazine’s 100 New Superstars of Southern Art. He was awarded the PhotoNOLA Review Prize in 2014 for his Broken Land and Still Lives portfolio. Dudik’s photographs have been published in Smithsonian Magazine, New York Times, CNN, Oxford American Magazine among others. His photographs have been installed in solo and group exhibitions across the world including by not limited to the Griffin Museum of Photography, Dishman Art Museum, Morris Museum of Art, Masur Museum of Art, Muscarelle Museum of Art, Cassilhaus, Annenberg Space for Photography, Columbia Museum of Art, Southeast Museum of Photography, and at the Chiang Mai Photo Festival. He has published a number of books and has given over 40 lectures and workshops across the United States. Dudik founded the photography program within the Department of Art & Art History at the College of William & Mary in 2014, and is currently based outside of Richmond, Virginia where he lives and continues to teach at the College.