Background: Clouds
In the late 1950s, Porter started building a distinct category of cloud studies, photographing mainly around his Tesuque, New Mexico, home. He returned to the subject intermittently throughout the 1960s, during his Glen Canyon work, and again in the late 1970s. Often he focused on depicting the sky just before and immediately after sunset, reveling in darkened clouds and skies of fiery orange. He had the goal of publishing a book of these cloud studies but died before fully conceptualizing or realizing the idea. The collection holds approximately 120 prints in this category.

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