Landmark: The Fields of Photography
Landscape photography has traveled far from its origins in the picturesque or pastoral. It is at the cutting edge of contemporary image-making with leading photographers creating work that transcends definitions of “art” or “documentary.” Landmark brings together for the first time in a major exhibition and publication landscape works by the most important 21st Century photographers working in a genre that has always occupied a central place in photography.
I worked as assistant curator and editorial coordinator with William Ewing on the exhibition and publication project, Landmark: the Fields of Photography.
For the project, we selected more than 230 photographs by over 120 photographers, ranging from renowned figures such as Susan Derges, Edward Burtynsky, and Simon Norfolk, to younger rising stars including Pieter Hugo, Olaf Otto Becker, and Penelope Umbrico. Each of them represents an individual viewpoint of a shared concern for our changing landscape and environment.
Organized into ten themes—Sublime; Pastoral; Artefacts; Rupture; Playground; Scar; Control; Enigma; Hallucination; and Reverie—Landmark is an intelligent and poetic survey which captures a genre of photography to perfection.
The exhibition was presented at the Somerset House in March 2013 with the support of the Positive View Foundation.
The book was published internationally with Thames & Hudson in 2014.