The Fields of Landscape Photography

  1. William A. Ewing
  • ISBN 9780500544334
  • 25.50 x 30.50 cm
  • Hardback
  • 256pp
  • 240 Illustrations, 240 in colour
  • First published 2014

The first truly international survey of a vibrant, burgeoning field, its masterful twenty-first-century practitioners and their work. A thought-provoking meditation on the meaning of landscape in today’s world.

‘A definitive study of contemporary landscape photography in all its conceptual variety’ – Financial Times
‘An exhaustive and enlightening survey of the genre’– British Journal of Photography
'Landscape suits photography. You can’t get away from either. But it is quite often treated in pictures as it is in the world: it’s in the background, not necessarily the main subject. This vast field, approachable from so many directions, has been a little daunting for those who would like to make ordered sense of it.
    William A. Ewing has curated what is surely the defining overview of the contemporary approaches to landscape. With an illuminating text explaining his own waymarks and signposts, and without making any bones about its being a necessarily personal selection, he gives us here a chance to reclaim landscape photography from its fractured state and see it in the round'.
– Francis Hodgson, The Financial Times

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Landscape is unquestionably the richest genre in photography, and has been since its beginnings. It now finds itself at the cutting edge of contemporary image making, driven partly by an enduring fascination with the land, and partly by the urgent need to take stock of the extraordinary forces impacting on our environment.

William A. Ewing, the eminent photography author and curator, has selected 240 photographs by over 100 photographers, ranging from renowned figures such as Andreas Gursky, Richard Misrach, Susan Derges and Edward Burtynsky, to younger rising stars, including Olaf Otto Becker, Pieter Hugo and Penelope Umbrico. Each represents an individual or original viewpoint of a shared concern for our rapidly changing environment.

Organized into ten themes — Sublime ; Pastoral ; Artefacts; Rupture ; Playground ; Scar ; Control ; Enigma ; Hallucination ; Reverie — Landmark covers the full range of the genre. William A. Ewing contributes introductory texts to each of the sections, as well as the preface and introduction, and the book also features concise statements by the photographers themselves.

See the complete list of photographers in 'Landmark'

William A. Ewing has been an author, lecturer, curator of photography and museum director for more than forty years. His many books include monographs on such figures as George Hoyningen-Huene, Erwin Blumenfeld and Arnold Newman, and his thematic publications include The Body: Photoworks and The Face: The New Photographic Portrait. He was director of the Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, 1996–2010, and has curated exhibitions at numerous other institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Jeu de Paume, Paris, and the Hayward Gallery, London. He was made an Officer of France’s Order of Arts and Letters in 2010.
    Among the Royal Photographic Society awards announced on 15th September 2016 William A. Ewing received the Outstanding Service to Photography Award which recognises his influential and sustained contributions to the advancement of Photography.