April 28, 2011

Photography of the Landscape – Then and Now!

Mark Klett books

So lately I have been reading several books on landscape photography that I have found very interesting. The photographer featured in these books is Mark Klett who has been photographing the American west for the past 30 years. The real attraction of this photographer is that he has been photographing the exact locations that were photographed in the last two centuries by other photographers including Eadweard J. Muybridge, Ansel Adams and Edward Weston. Klett traveled throughout the west in search of the locations used by these photographers taking images at the same time of the year and the same time of day and then publishing both photos for comparison viewing. I found this to be an absolutely fascinating project for anyone interested in photography of the landscape and a must read! I purchased all books Used as all are out of print. If interested search on Amazon, Alibris, and Abebooks. All are .coms and reasonably priced. All books contain photos and great writing about how and why we take photos of the landscape “Then and Now”.

Revealing Territory – Photographs of the Southwest by Mark Klett 1992

View Finder – Mark Klett, Photography, and the Reinvention of the Landscape 2001

Yosemite in Time, Ice Ages, Three Clocks, Ghost Rivers 2005

Traces of Eden: Travels in the Desert Southwest 1986