Nature and Civilization in American Landscape Photography

The tradition of landscape photography has changed, from including human presence as part of the natural order, to picturing a wilderness separate from civilization, to "New Topographics," and now, to showing man's destructive effects on nature.

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Dunes, Oceano, 1936. To this generation of photographers, humans or signs of their presence became irrelevant, were even shunned. Instead, they sought to capture nature in its pure, unsullied forms.
PHOTO: ARIZONA BOARD OF REGENTS, CENTER FOR CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY/EDWARD WESTON