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.

Cyanide Leaching Fields,1989. "A terrible beauty" characterizes the work of many contemporary photographers, some of whom—almost like daredevils—look straight into the toxicity enveloping us.