Lesson one notes

  • Aesthetic landscape (a rural idyll)
  • Urban/Ex Urban landscape (cities and demographics) – population/migration
  • Abstracted landscape (beyond the lens)
  • Political landscape (conflict and reality)

Ansel Adams


– Records in perfect, minute details the intricacy of landscapes. White mans migration into West America (national Parks) and the form of the railway etc – the wilderness became an open landscape. Establishment of national parks – images sold to people with pictures (shot f64) areas cleared of indigenous species (humans kicked out) white mans version of the landscape. Modern day reality – home to people v leisure “what are we doing here?”

Darren Almond



– Photos/landscapes lit by the moonlight: night-time landscape – how we don’t see the land. Beauty of landscape over periods of time that we can’t normally see – give people a vision they otherwise can’t access, enlightenment?

Fay Godwin


– Coastal defences on river seven. Political. Documenting change from britain moving from industry country into consumer. Globalisation. Consequences of landscape of Britain – question what is it to be british, industrial unit in forest of dean – we think should be natural, should belong here, but doesn’t.

Jem Southam


– Layers of meaning, documenting time/how we live/where we live. Growth patterns of age.

Gabriele Basilico



– Very precise. Large format cameras, correcting verticals etc art deco, urban landscape – lived world – documents of history.

Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe



– Re-examining the historical, re-photographing back to famous US photos then and now – photo them as exactly were – comparisons.

Robert Adams



– 1970s landscape, man altered landscape – cleared areas – new houses etc early environmentalism.

Raymond Moore


– Same ideas as Robert Adams, strange landscape in Britain, centre on our society, telegraph poles, post war britain, adapted landscape – leaving traces of ourselves on landscape.

John Riddy


– London photos – influx of immigrants from Portugal PIGS (Portugal, Ireland, Greece, Spain) close-ups of landscape then pull back landscape. General view then close up shot.

John Davies


– Telling historical document of urban landscape. Photograph strengths lie in its historical rather than current. Immediacy of photography – iPhone now – social commentary 30yrs ago on landscape not exist anymore – historical importance is key. Creates a document of changing Britain within his lifetime. Reality of Britain is a confusing/ugly place – mishmash of things.

Josef Koudelka


– Format. 6×12 camera, linhof camera. Different way of looking at the world (vertical).

David Goldblatt


– SA photographer, influenced Parr. Commenting on post apartheid, social commentary.

Joel Sternfeld


– Pull back from obvious, can make more commentary, tells more about the landscape, put things in context.

Paul Seawright 



– Drive by shootings – flash shot out of car crime scene. Sex offenders history and current hidden situations of landscapes.

John Duncan 


– Bonfires. Low scale civil war (Ireland) social striking Britain what is the role of the photograph? Omnipresent of european landscape – lidl. Discount store, terraced housing = Britain.

Robert Polidori



– Havana sun, cuba photos before all Havana goes, frozen from US sanctions (bay of pigs) post colonial Cuba, when castro dies will become a holiday destination.

Lynn Silverman


– Day dreaming – tower block in Middlesbrough, moving round documenting 360 degrees movement around tower block. Landscape through glass.

Ori Gersht


– Landscape of Holocaust – liquidation. Woods where people were shot/murder by labour camps, emotive.

Thomas Joshua Cooper


– “The images of water encapsulate both the other worldliness and the vital reality of the sea: the ethereal and frightening power of water – light, shadow, movement, depth, and volume.” – T.J.C

  • How do we live day-to-day – what life entails – why are things there?
  • Everyday landscape
  • The landscape of living.
  • Landscape has a lasting legacy – commercial potential


Ideas stemmed from this:

  • Shoot non indigenous landscapes of Britain (foreign wildlife/trees/shrubs etc killing our native species, looks beautiful but is an imposter – “the enemy”) A rural idyll on the outside but a killing machine on the inside.
  • Commercial landscape changed over time – what was it used for 50 years ago – globalisation – what is it now?
  • Ownership of landscape, one mans land?
  • Tourism – extensive uses of landscape for the social.

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