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Lewis Baltz


PhotoUtopia Intro: Lewis Baltz produces work in which there is a palpable sense of absence, these images are not architectural, but portraits of a society. The spaces depicted seem so unnatural, even hostile. With the absence of people it is difficult to see these spaces as human environments. Like the images of Bernice Abbott and Paul Strand, there is a sense that the photographer, is transposing a very subjective view of a part of our world for which they have misgivings.


Lewis Baltz (born September 12, 1945 in Newport Beach, California), is a visual artist and well known photographer who became an icon of the New Topographic movement of the late 1970s.[1]

Baltz graduated from San Francisco Art Institute in 1969 and holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Claremont Graduate School. He received several scholarships and awards including a scholarship from the National Endowment For the Arts (1973, 1977), the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship (1976), US-UK Bicentennial Exchange Fellowship (1980), and Charles Brett Memorial Award (1991). In 2002 Lewis Baltz became a Professor for Photography at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee. Baltz is now living in Paris and Venice.

Official Site: http://www.utata.org/salon/37631.php
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