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In 1975 the George Eastman House, New York, organized an exhibition entitled New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape, which signalled a radical change in the genre. Works by nine photographers, Robert Adams, Lewis Baltz, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Joe Deal, Frank Gohlke, Nicholas Nixon, John Schott, Stephen Shore and Henry Wesse, Jr., defined a new concept for landscapes, clearly differentiated from the romantic tradition, concentrating on the post-industrialization relationship between nature and man.

The Center for Creative Photography at the University of Tucson, Arizona, now proposes to revisit the original exhibition in 141 photographs, with a view to examining the aesthetic renovation of American landscape photography in the late nineteen-seventies, and understanding its subsequent influence on conceptual art, land art and architecture.

In the image: Robert Adams Mobile Homes, Jefferson County, Colorado, 1973 George Eastman House Collections. © Robert Adams, 2009


New Topographics

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