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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City of Vallejo, 1860s. There was an innocent pride back then, in the bustle of commerce and in signs of "progress."
FRAENKEL GALLERY, S.F./CARLETON WATKINS