American Photographers and the Environment.
Edited by Katherine Ware.
Museum Of New Mexico Press, Santa Fe, 2011. 188 pp., 25 duotone and 66 color illustrations, 10x11".
Earth Now begins with Ansel Adams and Eliot Porter, central figures in influencing American attitudes toward wilderness and conservation. The book then pivots to examine the next generation of landscape photographers—Robert Adams, Robert Glenn Ketchum, Mark Klett, and others whose work confronted the issues of landscape and the environment in less idealized terms. Earth Now also presents new work by twenty-three American photographers working in the U.S., the next wave of artists using the camera to engage with, possibly to affect, the environmental issues of the day. Works by Michael Berman, Subhankar Banerjee, Joann Brennan, Dornith Doherty, Greg Mac Gregor, Christina Seely, Sharon Stewart, and others are among the ninety-one duotone and color images, many of them published for the first time. Ranging from documentary to conceptual, the photographs touch on such topics as land and water use, the human place in the landscape, mounting consumer waste, industrial pollution, roof gardens and the green roof initiative, local food production, energy consumption, and the effects of industry on humans and animals. Katherine Ware’s text offers insightful commentary on photography and the ways that environmental issues have been framed and advanced through the medium of photography.
Read David Ondrik's review of Earth Now in photo-eye Magazine.