It was around this time that I took a closer look at Lewis Baltz’s work for more inspiration. I think Baltz’s work was the most interesting out of the eight original American photographers in the exhibition. Although I’m sure the other photographers were just as ground breaking, they were almost more influential in the way that the type of photographs the other 7 produced has been mimicked and reproduced in a way where the style feels dated thirty years down the line, how ever there are far less photographs that are taken in Baltz style, probably because it’s so unique you can’t copy it, but I think you can certainly take inspiration. What Baltz photographed wasn’t just decontextualised landscapes with intricate composition like Frank Golhke and the other Topologists did. His work wasn’t about the landscape itself, but little sections. His decontextualisation of features of the man-altered landscape was flat and graphic, the humour from the other photographers wasn’t there. It was a return to the sheerly documentary style of photography that the Bechers were using at the time. How ever, while it was more documentary it was still far removed from the typology style of the Bechers, because of how decontextualised the images were they were while it was an accurate deadpan documentation of a feature of the landscape, the photos would take on an abstract feeling the shapes and tones almost painting a picture.

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