On Lewis Baltz

 

Late in 2014 I spent a lot of time looking at books by Lewis Baltz, and reading all the interviews I could find online. I first discovered his work through the 'New Topographics' book, a reprint of the catalogue of the 1975 exhibition of the same name, subtitled 'Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape' which included work by Robert Adams, Stephen Shore, Nicholas Nixon, and other great photographers. This work in this book taught me to see, it clarified things that I had been trying to work out, but had not quite managed to realise. While I am not usually saddened by the passing of someone I've never met, the work of Lewis Baltz has not just interested and intrigued me, it has helped me along my way. 

This is perhaps the only picture I've made where I have intentionally made something in his style, a minimalist approach could well become something I am more aware of as I make my own pictures.

The interview below is very interesting. 

http://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/interviews/oral-history-interview-lewis-baltz-15758

Chatswood, Sydney. Geoffrey Roberts 2014