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United States of America 1945 – France 2014

Model home, Shadow mountain (1978) Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph

Dimensions: image 16.2 h x 24.0 w cm sheet 20.2 h x 25.2 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1979
Accession No: NGA 79.2330.8
Image rights: © Successors of Lewis Baltz. Used by permission. Courtesy Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne

From the 1960s a new generation of landscape photographers worked with a straight, documentary style to consider the way the land had been affected by human intervention. Images by photographers such as Baltz tell a story of the ubiquity and impact of urban sprawl on the natural world and speak to other environmental concerns. Despite the dispassionate photographic language, influenced by and influencing the development of conceptual photography, Baltz’s images are informed by anengaged, emotional response: he later reflected that ‘I used photography to distance myself from a world that I loathed and was powerless to improve’.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra