Mark Klett Statement

Artist Statement
Influenced by late nineteenth-century expeditionary photographers such as Timothy O'Sullivan, who documented the "unexplored" territories of the West, Mark Klett visually explores these landscapes and the marks left on them by man. His images, like O'Sullivan's, have a human context - whether it be the lights of a city, a hat, foot or shadow jutting into the frame, or debris/artifacts left behind by ancient or modern passers-by. Working mostly in the desert Southwest, Klett neither laments the peopling of the landscape nor attempts to visually preserve the last of the pristine landscape of the American West. Rather he explores the inevitable interaction of man with his habitat.

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