The Altered Landscape: Photographs of a Changing Environment

(Wolfe, Anne (ed.) 288 pp. Skira, 2011. $65.00)

A comprehensive look at the work of 100 contemporary photographers who capture the impact of human activity on natural landscapes. The Altered Landscape  is a provocative collection of photographs representing a wide range of artists, techniques, visual styles, subjects, and ideological positions. Organized chronologically, the more than 150 images — by artists such as Andy Goldsworthy, Chris Jordan, Catherine Opie, and Edward Burtynsky — reveal the ways that individuals and industries have marked, mined, toured, tested, developed, occupied, and exploited landscapes over the last fifty years. From Robert Adams and Lewis Baltz, two of the most influential photographers to document environmental destruction in the American West, to Richard Misrach and Mark Klett, who examine abuse of natural resources, these moving images reveal the diversity of voices within the field of contemporary photography.

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