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Photography Review

Thoreau didn’t photograph Maine, but Scot Miller did

CAMBRIDGE — Henry David Thoreau’s eminent place in American literature and environmentalism (civil disobedience, too) is well known. He figures in American photography, too. The enormous popularity of Eliot Porter’s “In Wildness Is the Preservation of the World” (1962) made that book a landmark in photographic history. It combined Porter’s nature photographs with quotations from Thoreau, such as the one that provides the title.

The relationship between Thoreau and the camera continues, with “Thoreau’s Maine Woods: A Journey in Photographs With Scot Miller.” The show, which runs at the Harvard Museum of Natural History through Sept. 1, consists of 33 color photographs and a video inspired by Thoreau’s three trips to Maine and his posthumously published 1864 book, “The Maine Woods.” Most of the images are framed (the unframed ones seem slightly out of place), and many of them are sumptuously beautiful.

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