Lewis Baltz, Joe Deal and California Landscape Photography, 1944 – 1984.
By Colin Westerbeck.
University of California, 2011. 96 pp., 51 black & white and 7 color illustrations, 9x12".
The now-legendary 1975 New Topographics show represented a true “seismic shift” in American landscape photography, moving past the romantic legacy of Ansel Adams and Edward Weston to the minimalist-influenced work typified by Lewis Baltz and Joe Deal. This catalog of 2011’s Seismic Shift exhibition offers a comprehensive narrative of California photographic history made by the 43 featured artists; it includes 58 reproductions (mostly black-and-white) and essays by curator Colin Westerbeck, photographic historian Susan Laxton and regionalist Jason Weems. The exhibition is one of over 60 funded by the Getty Research Institute’s initiative looking at Southern California art 1945-1980, called Pacific Standard Time.