Publisher Steidl reveals some details about the creation of Works (2010) – life’s work of the late landscape photographer Lewis Baltz
Lewis Baltz helped to redefine American landscape photography in the early 1970s. He and other photographers including Stephen Shore and Robert Adams dispensed with the romanticism of traditional landscape photography in favour of something more stark and mundane (but with its own beauty), initially dealing with the disappearing wildernesses in the United States in the wake of industrialisation and suburban development. They became part the New Topographics movement. In 1975 they joined together for an exhibition in California called “New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape,” which itself ensured the enduring influence of this type of landscape photography in America and Europe. Baltz’s series of influential photobooks includes The New Industrial Parks Near Irvine California, published in the year before the exhibition.