Photography, which has been in existence for roughly 175 years, is now an everyman’s medium. The 1888 Kodak #1 camera first made the art form broadly accessible; the iPhone has now turned everyone technically proficient. But before Kodak, and long before Apple, photography was a laborious endeavor.
In a 1483 German Bible, the Garden of Eden is depicted as a corralled green circle; Adam and Even are ejected from its manicured grass to a hilly wilderness, with a trail leading off into the unknown. This idealized interpretation of original sin sits alongside more modern takes on our relationship with our environment in the Museum of Biblical Art’s Back to Eden: Contemporary Artists Wander the Garden.