Footprint

Footprint

Our Landscape in Flux

  1. Stuart Franklin
  2. Additional texts by Heike Strelow
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  • ISBN 9780500543641
  • 31.60 x 29.50 cm
  • Hardback without Jacket
  • 144pp
  • Illustrated in colour throughout
  • First published 2008
‘A well-researched and intelligent book, which demonstrates Franklin’s subtle understanding of the complex factors precipitating Europe’s latest environmental shifts’ – British Journal of Photography
‘Subtly and gracefully assays our environmental impact upon the varied European landscape’ – The Independent on Sunday

Stuart Franklin’s pictures express a deep ecological concern – making this a stunning yet ominous photographic document of Europe’s changing landscape.

From the arctic north of Russia to the arid coast of southern Spain, from the glaciers of Spitsbergen to the baked concrete of Athens, the extremes of the European landscape are captured with an eye for both natural and unnatural processes.

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Change is documented in beautiful, disturbing detail: the effects of pollution on trees and tundra; the extent of floods and rising sea levels; the shrinking and recession of once vast glaciers. Franklin’s photographs also depict evolving scenes of contemporary life, such as industrial floriculture in the Netherlands and artificial beaches in city centres.

With essays by Heike Strelow, editor of Ecological Aesthetics, Tanja Pföhler, Stuart Franklin’s photographic assistant, and Andrew Goudie, Professor of Geography at Oxford University, this book is a profound testament to fragility and change in the landscape.

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Stuart Franklin is the current President of Magnum Photos. Among his previous books are Hôtel Afrique, Sea Fever and The Time of Trees.

Also of interest
Art and Ecology Now
Our Living Earth