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Robert Adams and the Mythology of the Landscape of the American West

  • Author(s): Anderson, Michaeline Helen
  • Advisor(s): Laxton, Susan
  • et al.

This thesis examines the role of Robert Adams series The New West in the history of landscape photography of the American West. Adams turns his camera away from the traditional subjects such as national parks and turns toward the places where people that actually live and that have violated by uncontrolled sprawl. In his attempt to critique both the history of landscape photography of the American West and critique the man-altered landscape, Adams continues to aestheticize and romanticize the landscape.

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