New Topographics

Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape

July 17-October 03, 2010

A turning point in the history of photography, the 1975 exhibition New Topographics signaled a radical shift away from traditional depictions of landscape. Pictures of transcendent natural vistas gave way to unromanticized views of stark industrial landscapes, suburban sprawl, and everyday scenes not usually given a second glance. This restaging of the exhibition includes the work of all 10 photographers from the original show: Robert Adams, Lewis Baltz, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Joe Deal, Frank Gohlke, Nicholas Nixon, John Schott, Stephen Shore, and Henry Wessel.

New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape is co-organized by the Center for Creative Photography, The University of Arizona, and the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film. Support for the San Francisco presentation is provided by The Bernard Osher Foundation.

  • Robert Adams (American, b. 1937), Tract House, Westminster, Colorado, 1974, George Eastman House collections. Robert Adams, courtesy of Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, and Matthew Marks Gallery, New York
  • Bernd and Hilla Becher, Preparation Plant, Harry E. Colliery Coal Breaker, Wiles Barre, Pennsylvania, USA, 1974; Hilla Becher, 2009
  • Stephen Shore, 2nd Street East and South Main Street, Kalispell, Montana, August 22, 1974; Stephen Shore
  • John Schott, Untitled from the series Route 66 Motels, 1973; George Eastman House collections; John Schott
  • Nicholas Nixon, Buildings on Tremont Street, Boston, 1975; George Eastman House collections. Nicholas Nixon
  • Frank Gohlke, Irrigation Canal, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1974; George Eastman House collections; Frank Gohlke