New Topographics

Photograph by Bernd and Hilla Becher

‘New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-altered Landscape’ is coming to SFMOMA, from July 17th to October 3rd. It is a restaging of the original 1975 ‘New Topographics’ show put on by the George Eastman House, in Rochester NY, a show that many say was intrumental in the shaping of photography from that point on. Over 100 photographs from the original exhibit will be shown along with other prints and books that give context to the show and it’s enduring impact.

These photographs featured a new American topography, one that we had all been living in but that was only just starting to be represented in landscape photography. The aborgional images of Timothy O’Sullivan and Ansel Adams had ruled up to that point. Photographers Robert Adams, Lewis Baltz, Joe Deal, Frank Gohlke, Nicholas Nixon, John Schott, Stephen Shore, Henry Wessel, Jr., and, Bernd and Hilla Becher, were part of a movement who put forth a new view, one showing ‘the rapidly increasing imprint that humans were imparting on the landscape.‘ Valley vistas were being replaced by miles of strip malls and adobe churches by abandoned warehouses.

George Eastman House curator Alison Nordstrom discusses ‘New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-altered Landscape.’

I will not miss this show.

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