This article explores the work of several photographers, including Ansel Adams, Michael Light, Robert Dawson, Lauren Bon, and David Maisel, who have turned their lens to capture the landscape of the area through which the Los Angeles Aqueduct flows. By exploring ecological issues surrounding the surface mining of the Owens Valley, the original source of the aqueduct, the article emphasizes the material and metaphorical resonances between the aqueduct and the practice of photography.

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