The Altered Landscape: Photographs of a Changing Environment.
Photography (Landscapes)
Photography (Exhibitions)
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Name: Issues in Science and Technology Publisher: National Academy of Sciences Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Science and technology Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2012 National Academy of Sciences ISSN: 0748-5492
Date: Wntr, 2012 Source Volume: 28 Source Issue: 2
Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States

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Nevada Museum of Art, Reno

Situated at the geographic nexus of awe-inspiring scenery and rapidly-changing surroundings, the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno is an ideal place for conversations about the ways that humans creatively interact with natural, built, and virtue; environments. Showcasing photographs that examine human interaction and intervention with environments The Altered Landscape: Photographs of a Changing Environment is the Museum's signature photography collection. An exhibition of the photographs premiered at the Museum in the fall of 2011 on the occasion of its 80th Anniversary.

Although The Altered Landscape collection represents a wide diversity of artists, techniques, visual styles, subjects, and ideological positions, it is unified by two basic principles: a concern for inspiring dialogue about the impact of human activity on landscapes and an effort to depart from idealized notions of scenic beauty and pristine wilderness that were dominant in the early 20th century. Among the 150 artists included in the exhibition are Robert Adams, Lewis Baltz, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Edward Burtynsky, Fandra Chang, Terry Evans, David Maisel, and Amy Stein.

The Altered Landscape Photography Collection was founded in the early 1990s and consists of more than 900 images. Thanks to a generous endowment and the continuing support of Carol Franc Buck and the Carol Franc Buck Foundation, the Museum has built an impressive collection of photographs worthy of international attention. The momentum of the collection's growth and depth became the scholarly groundwork for the 2009 launch of the Museum's Center for Art + Environment, an internationally-recognized research center that supports the practice, study, and awareness of creative interactions between people and their natural, built, and virtual environments.

We are very grateful to the museum and the artists who have given Issues permission to reproduce these stunning and thought-provoking images. Information about the artists can be found on page 92.

The 288-page book, The Altered Landscape: Photographs of a Changing Environment (Rizzoli, 2011), can be purchased through the Nevada Museum of Art website at
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