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.
Camera Obscura: A photographic history of the LA Aqueduct
William Fox is the director of the Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, Nevada. He is the author of eleven nonfiction books about art, cognition, and landscape, and poems, articles, reviews, and essays in more than seventy magazines. He has numerous exhibition catalogs and artists’ monographs to his credit, and has had fifteen collections of poetry published in three countries.
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William Fox; Camera Obscura: A photographic history of the LA Aqueduct. Boom 1 September 2013; 3 (3): 38–49. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2013.3.3.38
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