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July 29 - August 22, 2014

The Human-Altered Landscape

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Bowdidge_Peter_4BloodyFootprint
Peter Bowdidge - Manjimup, Australia Bloody Footprint
Brashear_Frederick_3Un-desert Oasis
Frederick Brashear - Hesperia, CA Un-Desert Oasis
Bright_Terri_1Untitled
Terri Bright - Greenville, SC Untitled (Florida)
Busquets_Dante_4 Colonia Cuauhtemoc
Dante Busquets - Berlin, Germany Colonia Cuauthtem. BCS, Mexico 2012
Caemmerer_Kai_2untitled57
Kai Caemmerer - Chicago, IL Untitled No.57, 2014
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Patty Carroll - Chicago, IL Hedge, Miami, FL
from the series "When the Landscape is Quiet Again:  North Dakota's Oil Boom"
Sarah Christianson - San Francisco, CA Well site carved out of bluffs near the Badlands, August 2013. From the series "When the Landscape is Quiet Again: North Dakota's Oil Boom"
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Jan Cieslikiewicz - New York, NY Untiitled
DeGabriele_Dale_Paperscape_0430
Dale DeGabriele - Seattle, WA Paperscape 0430
Ellerbe_Jenny_1Watson Brake Mound
Jenny Ellerbe - Monroe, LA Watson Brake Mound
Erickson_AnnieLaurie_1_29.59.23.95N.90.25.19.16W_Norco
AnnieLaurie Erickson - New Orleans, LA
29°59'23.95"N, 90°25'19.16"W (Norco)
Ganis_John_3_Pool and Removed House Ocean Av Mantoloking NJ 2014
John Ganis - Pleasant Ridge, MI Pool and Removed House One and a Half Years after Hurricane Sandy, Ocean Ave Mantoloking NJ 2014
genatossio_steve_lamps
Steve Genatossio - Somersworth, NH Lamps
Gilbert_Beth_3Trench Entrance
Beth Gilbert - Rochester, NY Trench Entrance, Ramat Rachel, Isreal
Hansen_Garrett_Centralia01
Garrett Hansen - Lexington, KY Centralia - Slag Heap
Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, U.A.E.
Alexander Heilner - Baltimore, MD Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, U.A.E.
Howe_David_09ProductPlacement
David Howe - New York, NY Untitled, from the series Product Placement
Howe_Lauren_Ground-Sodus,-NY-5
Lauren Howe - Rochester, NY
Ground: Sodus, NY 5
Kawamura_Yoichi NE1
Yoichi Kawamura - Claremont, CA NE1
Landrey_Lonnie_6 66 Acre Landfill, Dorchester, MA.
Lonnie Landrey - Hyde Park, MA 66 Acre Landfill, Dorchester, MA #6
Lerman_Ben_2wash away beach, cape shoalwater wa
Ben Lerman - Seattle, WA wash away the beach, cape shoalwater wa
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Jennifer Little - Oakland, CA LADWP Irrigation Ditch, Owens Lake, CA
Lust_Dianna_1 Pivot Irrigation
Dianna Lust - Perrysburg, OH Pivot Irrigation, Garden City, Kansas
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Robbie McClaran - Portland, OR Near DeWitt, Arkansas - "From Here On" Project
"Indifferent West," American Flyer
Daniel Mirer - Brooklyn, NY American Flyer Utah
Mitchell_Kevin_Human-Altered_Landscape_Mitchell_1
Kevin Mitchell - Moneta, VA
Untitled
Peterman_Mark_3SleepingBearDunes
Mark Peterman - Phoenix, AZ Sleeping Bear Dunes
Quercio_Heather_facade10
Heather Quercio - Queens, NY Facade #10
Ross_Don_2_Marr-and-Gordon_Panorama
Don Ross - Brandon, VT
Marr and Gordan Quarry - Panorama
Seltzer_Jeff_2Drive-Thru
Jeff Seltzer - Sherman Oaks, CA
Drive Thru
slankard_mark_4_man_shovel
Mark Slankard - Rocky River, OH
Man With Shovel, Istanbul
Smith_Alison-A._03Fire
Alison A. Smith - Carbondale, IL Fire, Laveen AZ
Stanczak_Malina_untitled4
Malina Stanczak - Alexandria, VA Untitled
Stillings_Jamie_06_20121027_bse_08796fa
Jamey Stillings - Santa Fe, NM
27 October 2012, #8796
Strom_Karen_4_CappadociaTown
Karen Strom - Sonoita, AZ Cappadocia Town
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Vicky Stromee - Tucson, AZ Last Stop
Tomberlin_E_4Garden
Eric Tomberlin - Weaverville, NC Garden of Earthly Delights
Trone_Hayley_5LifeInsurance
Hayley Trone - Santa Fe, NM Life Insurance
Wagner_Ira-7_Raising_One_House_At_A_Time
Ira Wagner - Montclair, NJ Raising One House at a Time
Wisniowska_Agata_1Strata
Agata Wiśniowska - Brighton, MA Strata
Armstrong_Frank_1Nolan Texas 2011
Frank Armstrong - West Boylston, MA Nolan, Texas 2011
Bourret_James_UntitledEdgeCondition1
James Bourret - Ketchum, ID Untitled (Edge Condition #1)
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Nik Clements - Bethlehem, NH Tubes (From the Project Byoki)
Colten_Jennifer_5
Jennifer Colten - St. Louis, MO Encounter # 21.63102.20130529.0006
Dana_Robin_1kaolin
Robin Dana - St. Petersburg, FL Unitled, from the Kaolin series,4x5" reversal film, 2010
DiNatale_Nick_4SeabrookNH
Nick Dinatale - Westford, MA Seabrook, NH
Drociak_Jen_6LandfillManchesterNH
Jen Drociak - Manchester, NH Landfill and Methane Exhaust Pipes, Manchester, NH, 2011
Flanary_Lisa_2_Bird_Holes__Limestone_Mine_New_Market_Tennessee
Lisa Flanary - Knoxville, TN Bird Holes Limestone Mine, New Market, Tennessee
Garland_Terri_2Mossville
Terri Garland - Soquel, CA Mossville, LA
Glielmi_Vincent_1Wisconsin2012
Vincent Glielmi - Carol Stream, IL WIsconsin, 2012
harty_drew_003TacoBellSTRMWinnemucccaNV
Drew Harty - Treadwell, NY Taco Bell and Storm, Winnemucca, NV
Harvey_Stewart_1RiverFrontPark
Stewart Harvey - Portland, OR River Front Park
Isztin_Pedro_1Jokkmokk I Sweden 2009
Pedro Istzin - Ottawa, Ont Jokkmokk I, Sweden 2009
Jones_Ashley_4 409WTaylorStreet
Ashley Jones - Savannah, GA 409 W.Taylor Street
Kariko_Daniel_5CornerProperties
Daniel Kariko - Greenville, NC Speculation World: Corner Properties I4 Corridor, Florida
Kessler_Jordan_House Built On Rock, Northborough,MA
Jordan Kessler - Arlinton, MA House Built on Rock, Northborough, MA
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Meghan Kirkwood - Fargo, ND Former School - Iowa, C-Print, 2014
Ladd_Thomas_1_San_Carlos
Thomas Ladd - North Easton, MA San Carlos, Ecuador
Letcher_Chris_01PowerLines
Chris Letcher - Seattle, Wa Power Lines
marcinek_michael_4BoomtownPinedaleWyoming
Michael Marcinek - Atlanta, GA from Boomtown; Pinedale, Wyoming #4
McKenna_Vicki_1SilicaMine
Vicky McKenna - Newton, MA Silica Mine
Milkus_Anthony_3Hedge
Anthony Milkus - Amsterdam, Netherlands Hedge
Moyers_John_3UnderOver
John Moyers - Bristol, VT under/over...san francisco bay picks up turbulance as it passes under the san mateo bridge, while saturday afternoon traffic passes smoothly over it.
Mullins_Colleen_3Untitled08-07
Colleen Mullins - San Francisco, CA Untitled, 08-07
Ramirez_Camilo_6TurbidCollective
Camilo Ramirez - Jamaica Plain, MA Untitled: U.S. Gulf Coast, 2010 (from the series Turbid Collective)
All rights reserved Daniel Rice 2011
Daniel Rice - Tumwater, WA Peter Iredale
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Niv Rozenberg - Astoria, NY Untitled 1
Sandman_Keith_1North-American-Coast
Keith Sandman - Utica, NY North American Coast
A 1335
Jim Schlessinger - Amherst, MA Brodgar Circle
Sills_Casey_3untitled174
Casey Sills - Evanston, IL Untitled # 174
Stimola_Michael_IronAgeRoad_MorgantinaSicily
Michael Stimola - Edgewater, NJ Iron Age Road, Morgantina, Sicily
Tomberlin_Carrie_1OdeToBabel
Carrie Tomberlin - Weaverville, NC Ode To Babel, photogravure
ueki_takashi_2untitled
Takashi Ueki - Carson, CA Untitled 2
Waters_Marilynn_2-Day-At-The-Beach
Marilyn Waters - Claremont, CA Day At The Beach
Wensel_David_2Courts-and-Chapel-Saugatuck-MI-homage-to-RA
David Wensel - Geneva, IL Courts and Chapel Saugatuck, MI (homage to RA)

Juror’s Statement

Humanity’s impact on the landscape is profound. As the images here demonstrate, for millennia now we have altered our own environments for numerous reasons (war, commerce, survival, politics, pleasure…) and that the results, in turn, alter the way we live, implicating our actions and practices in an endless circle of cause and effect. The visible influence of our presence in the world is almost unavoidable, which begs the question: what does an un-altered landscape look like? Are Ansel Adams’ sensuous and bombastic images of the American West really representations of an untouched wilderness or has everything already been touched? Perhaps our visible presence—from the time worn paths of past trade routes to the rusted remains of more recent civilizations—is only the tip of an otherwise invisible iceberg of environmental alteration. In the vast web of planetary interconnectedness, what ripples did the first human footsteps create? The works presented here trace more recent ripples, forming a visual narrative about the tenuous ebb and flow of human existence in the natural world.

I would like to congratulate all of the finalists and thank everyone who submitted their work.

- Russell Lord

About the Juror

Russell Lord is the Freeman Family Curator of Photographs at the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA). Lord previously held positions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Yale University Art Gallery, and has written widely on the history of photography. His recent publications include: Gordon Parks: The Making of an Argument, and an essay on "Edward Burtynsky: Water". He is also currently working on a book about the permanent collection at NOMA to complement the exhibition Photography at NOMA: Selections from the Permanent Collection (at NOMA through January 19, 2014). Lord has lectured at many museums and universities including the Museum für Fotografie, Berlin, The National Gallery, Washington D.C., Yale University, Tulane University, and the Ryerson Image Center, Toronto. His past exhibitions include: Photography, Sequence, and Time; Reinventing Nature: Art from the School of Fontainebleau; and What is a Photograph? Much of his research focuses on the relationships between photography and other visual media. 

Call for Entries

In 1975, the landmark exhibition "New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape" debuted at the International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House in Rochester, NY. Included were such important photographers as Robert Adams, Frank Gohlke, and Stephen Shore, with work that challenged the primacy of wilderness landscape popularized by Ansel Adams and the Sierra Club. Typical of the photographs were images of human presence in the landscape, ranging from houses in subdivisions in Denver by Robert Adams to a water tower under construction by Gohlke. The PhotoPlace exhibition THE HUMAN-ALTERED LANDSCAPE updates the spirit of "New Topographics" with photographs that envision the interactions between humans and the natural world.