Lewis Baltz

Langstrasse/Militärstrasse, 1996

Cibachrome, 3 parts: 112x 123 cm, 127 x 131 cm, 117 x 131 cm,
Collection Fotomuseum Winterthur, gift Bank Hofmann, Zurich
Inv. no. 1997-031-001 a-c
© © Lewis Baltz Trust

Lewis Baltz
1945 (Newport Beach, US) – 2014 (Paris, FR)

In 1975, the exhibition New Topographics—A Man Altered Landscape, which featured artists such as Robert Adams, Bernd and Hilla Becher, and Frank Gohlke, offered a new photographic perspective on the American landscape. One of the most central prota-gonists of this time was Lewis Baltz, whose work is now being rediscovered in major exhibitions through-out Europe and the United States. His dry, analytical approach to the fragile crossings of nature and civilization continues to influence generations of photographers. He gives the discarded, incomplete, and de-stroyed a second life, elevating them in their meaning, aesthetics, and beauty to a level on par with iconic motifs from the canon of photography.