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Lewis Baltz was an American photographer and visual artist. When it came to photography his chosen subject matter was the landscape and industrial buildings. Baltz was on a quest to find beauty in desolate and forgotten items.

Lewis Baltz was born in the year Newport Beach, California in the year 1945. Baltz earned a B.F.A. from the San Francisco Institute of Art. The artist went on to earn a M.F.A. from Claremont Graduate School.

Baltz was part of the movement in the 1970’s that was called the New Topographics.

The artist taught photography at the California Institute of the Arts and Pamona College.

Baltz was the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts on multiple occasions. The artist was also awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation.

Price range information: Works range from $10,000 to $80,000.

In this cilp we view an exhibit that took place in 2013:

Lewis Baltz passed away in 2014 after a long illness. He was 69 years of age.

In this clip from the Tate Museum a closer look at Lewis Baltz:

Lewis Baltz’s photography work is similar to that of Hilla and Bernd Becher. Baltz captured both the man made and natural surroundings of his landscapes. If the Becher’s shot a building, Baltz’s work might be similar but he would include some palm trees and shadows or a large plant to give the work some organic lines to break up the composition.

All of these photographers were trying to capture the beauty of forgotten subjects.

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