Sally Gall gained national recognition for her landscape photography of formal gardens, serene seascapes and farmed topography taken throughout Europe. Void of people, Gall's photographs embrace notions of romanticism, focusing on the simplicity and beauty that nature inspires. For more than twenty years, Gall has amassed an impressive body of work that has stayed true to her vision while continuing to expand the parameters of landscape photography.
Sally Gall returns to Chicago after a ten year absence, debuting new work from her recent monograph, Subterranea (Umbrage Editions), where quarries, caves and light take center stage. The inspiration for this new series came by accident, when hiking in s jungle near Vera Cruz, Mexico and a tremendous downpour forced her into a cave for shelter. It was here that Gall discovered life under the soil. After an initial moment of panic, Gall turned her camera to the beauty surrounding her. This moment of shelter led Gall on a three year project taking her to the caves and quarries in Thailand, Belize, Italy, France, California and the Yucatan peninsula. As she said, "that is when I began to comprehend that I had left the horizon behind and entered the inner outdoors, where known boundaries disappear and night and day somehow manage to coexist.... I have discovered for myself and I hope others, the substance of darkness in Subterranea's internal landscape."
Sally Gall's work has been exhibited throughout the United States and Europe. Her images are part of numerous public and private collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY), The Guggenheim Museum (New York, NY), The Museum of Fine Arts (Houston, TX) and The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among others. She has taught workshops internationally and has been a participant in artist residency programs at the MacDowell Artists Colony, and the Rockefeller Foundation Residency, Bellagio, Italy.