Journey to Land's End, Santa Monica

Lou Stoumen, American, 1917 - 1991



Gelatin silver print

Sheet: 10 7/8 × 14 in. (27.7 × 35.5 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of Marina and Andrew E. Lewin, Class of 1981

© Ken Heyman



Place Made: United States, North America


20th century

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Not on view


Stamped, in black ink, on reverse, center: [text in rectangle] Certified Vintage Print / Lou Stoumen [stamp of artist's signature] / Lou Stoumen Estate; inscribed, in graphite, on reverse, upper left: LS 4548.7 / 2000


In a moment of deep interiority, an individual sits in contemplation. Their feet, just off the path, mark the transition between rest and reflection and traveling onward. Their clasped hands and bowed stance, however, belie a more significant journey inward, reflecting the psychological element of transformative journeys and suggesting the possibility of intangible pilgrimages. The fog and hazy figures in the distance evoke a mysterious atmosphere that enhances the internal journey the figure’s posture invokes. Parallel lines of the path converge somewhere beyond what we can see, giving the sense of an unknown future. This is but a stop on the journey. What ways can pilgrimage occur solely within the self?

This image is the cover photo of Stoumen’s "paper movie" Journey to Land’s End, which compiles photographs to tell the story of a vision of the end of the world. How might that context change your interpretation of this photograph?

From the 2022 exhibition A Space for Dialogue 108, Journeys Beyond: Faces and Forms of Pilgrimage, curated by Emily Charland '19, Erbe Intern

Exhibition History

A Space for Dialogue 108, Journeys Beyond: Faces and Forms of Pilgrimage, Alvin P. Gutman Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover New Hampshire, August 27 - October 22, 2022.


Marina and Andrew E. Lewin, New York, New York; given to present collection, 2018.

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