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"The Altered Landscape: Photographs from the Nevada Museum"
2004-04-10 until 2004-05-30
Presentation House Gallery
North Vancouver, BC, CA

Presentation House Gallery’s next exhibition is a collection of 110 landscape photographs from the Nevada Museum of Art’s Altered Landscape collection. The collection focuses on contemporary photographers who push the boundaries of landscape photography to question human impacts on the land rather simply celebrating the beauty of the landscape. The exhibition offers viewers privileged access to otherwise hidden examples of land use and to the varied ways in which artists have responded to our changing use and misuse of the environment.

The exhibition of 37 artists includes: Robert Adams, considered to be one of the most important photographers working today, who has been documenting the environmental destruction of the American West in the late 20th century. Richard Misrach and Mark Klett are the most important photographers of the American desert; Lewis Baltz’s topographic work examines the crises of technology. Their work has influenced a generation of photographers who have investigated the limits of photographic objectivity.

This exhibition has roots: The Altered Landscape builds on the 1975 New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-altered Landscape exhibition at the George Eastman House in Rochester in which photographers such as Lewis Baltz, Robert Adams, Frank Gohlke, and Joe Deal challenged the tradition of presenting the landscape as a pristine wilderness.

IMAGE
Robert Adams,
Dead Palms Parially Uprooted,Ontario, California, 1983


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