Book ID: CBB728054592

Devour the Land: War and American Landscape Photography Since 1970 (2021)


Makeda Best (Author)

Harvard University Art Museums
Publication date: 2021
Language: English

Publication Date: 2021
Physical Details: 247

Tracing the impacts of militarism on the American landscape, through the lens of art, environmental studies, and politics Devour the Land considers how contemporary photographers have responded to the US military's impact on the domestic environment since the 1970s, a dynamic period for environmental activism as well as for photography. This catalogue presents a lively range of voices at the intersection of art, environmentalism, militarism, photography, and politics. Alongside interviews with prominent contemporary artists working in the landscape photography tradition, the images speak to photographers' varied motivations, personal experiences, and artistic approaches. The result is a surprising picture of the ways violence and warfare surround us. Although most modern combat has taken place abroad, the US domestic landscape bears the footprint of armed conflict--much of the environmental damage we live with today was caused by our own military and the expansive network of industries supporting its work. Designed to evoke a field book and to nod toward ephemera produced by earlier artists and activists, the catalogue features works by dozens of photographers, including Ansel Adams, Robert Adams, Dorothy Marder, Alex Webb, Terry Evans, and many more. Distributed for the Harvard Art Museums Exhibition Schedule: Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA (September 17, 2021-January 16, 2022)

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Review Charlotte Hecht (2022) Review of "Devour the Land: War and American Landscape Photography Since 1970". American Quarterly (pp. 1095-1108). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Delle, James A.
Elston, M. Melissa
Gillespie, Sarah
Heefner, Gretchen
Jiow, Hee Jhee
Lim, Sun Sun
Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society
Environmental History
Gender and History
Journal of American Culture
Medical History
Technology and Culture
MIT Press
Cambridge University Press
Columbia University Press
Duke University Press
Johns Hopkins University Press
University College Press
Technology and art
Landscape; landscapes
Technology and war; technology and the military
Technology and culture
Monkman, Kent
Time Periods
21st century
20th century, late
19th century
20th century
20th century, early
United States
United States Air Force (USAF)
United States. Central Intelligence Agency

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