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One way to assess This is the American Earth, a collection of photographs selected and arranged by Nancy Newhall, is to apply Newhall`s own criteria for judging photographic art. Does this photographic essay achieve results impossible in other media? By contrasting the small with the vast-for example, placing a photo of a rock pool next to one of a spiral galaxy-Newhall exploits the camera`s ability to manipulate the size of an object, thereby challenging viewers to question their conventional concepts of size. However, a similar result could be achieved in the medium of painting. Does the work bear its creator`s imprint, and does it draw viewers` interest even after repeated viewings, Newhall`s second and third criteria? Indeed, Newhall`s work bears her unmistakable imprint in the juxtaposition of the photos and in the rhythmic prose accompanying them, but the individual viewer must decide whether Newhall`s work evokes, as it did for this reviewer, new experiences upon subsequent viewings.