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John Pfahl's Digitally Altered Landscapes

  • Posted by SHFT on April 8, 2011 in Art
  • In 1977, John Pfahl pushed the field of landscape photography forward with his landmark series "Altered Landscapes."  For the collection, Pfahl physically intervened in landscapes before shooting them, dishing up some poignant environmental commentary in the process.

    Over thirty years later, Pfahl echoes those works with “Métamorphoses de la Terre," only this time the landscapes have been altered digitally. Looking like Missoni textiles, the tweaked photos, mostly taken in the American Southwest, ruminate on the digital age while conveying Pfahl's environmental concerns. From the artist statement:

    Many of the landscapes photographed were formed over long periods of time by the forces of fluid dynamics. Multiple layers of limestone, sandstone and mudstone deposited by vast inland seas over the millenia were sculpted by wind and water into an aggregation of different shapes, textures and colors. They represented for the artist a manifestation of deep history written in nature.


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