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July 16, 2010

On Saturday, July 17, New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape opens at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The exhibit is a restaging of the 1975 show New Topographics, which featured landscapes as a combination of natural and built structures, a departure from the traditional way of depicting vast vistas as comprising exclusively natural forms a la Ansel Adams. The exhibition includes nearly 150 photographs representing the works of all ten of the photographers originally displayed in the show. New Topographics is on display through October 3 and throughout its duration—and afterward—you can watch a slideshow of images from the exhibit here.

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Robert Adams (American, b. 1937), <i>Tract House, Westminster, Colorado</i>, 1974; George Eastman House collections; © Robert Adams, courtesy of Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, and Matthew Marks Gallery, New York
Robert Adams (American, b. 1937), Tract House, Westminster, Colorado, 1974; George Eastman House collections; © Robert Adams, courtesy of Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, and Matthew Marks Gallery, New York
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Henry Wessel, (American, b. 1942), <i>[Tucson, Arizona]</i>, 1974; George Eastman House collections; © 1973 Henry Wessel
Henry Wessel, (American, b. 1942), [Tucson, Arizona], 1974; George Eastman House collections; © 1973 Henry Wessel
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Bernd and Hilla Becher (German, 1931-2007 and b. 1934), <i>Preparation Plant, Harry E. Colliery Coal Breaker, Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, USA</i>, 1974; © Hilla Becher, 2009
Bernd and Hilla Becher (German, 1931-2007 and b. 1934), Preparation Plant, Harry E. Colliery Coal Breaker, Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, USA, 1974; © Hilla Becher, 2009
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Stephen Shore (American, b. 1947), <i>Proton Avenue, Gull Lake, Saskatchewan, August 18, 1974</i>; © Stephen Shore
Stephen Shore (American, b. 1947), Proton Avenue, Gull Lake, Saskatchewan, August 18, 1974; © Stephen Shore
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Lewis Baltz (American, b. 1945), <i>East Wall, McGaw Laboratories</i>, 1821, George Eastman House collections; © Lewis Baltz
Lewis Baltz (American, b. 1945), East Wall, McGaw Laboratories, 1821, George Eastman House collections; © Lewis Baltz
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John Schott (American, b. 1944), <i>Untitled from the series Route 66 Motels</i>, 1973; George Eastman House collections; © John Schott
John Schott (American, b. 1944), Untitled from the series Route 66 Motels, 1973; George Eastman House collections; © John Schott
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Robert Adams (American, b. 1937), <i>Mobile Homes, Jefferson County, Colorado</i>, 1973; George Eastman House collections; © Robert Adams, courtesy of Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, and Matthew Marks Gallery, New York
Robert Adams (American, b. 1937), Mobile Homes, Jefferson County, Colorado, 1973; George Eastman House collections; © Robert Adams, courtesy of Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, and Matthew Marks Gallery, New York
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Lewis Baltz (American, b. 1945), <i>South Corner, Riccar America Company, 3184 Pullman, Costa Mesa</i>, 1974; George Eastman House collections; © Lewis Baltz
Lewis Baltz (American, b. 1945), South Corner, Riccar America Company, 3184 Pullman, Costa Mesa, 1974; George Eastman House collections; © Lewis Baltz
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John Schott (American, b. 1944), <i>Untitled from the series Route 66 Motels</i>, 1973; George Eastman House collections; © John Schott
John Schott (American, b. 1944), Untitled from the series Route 66 Motels, 1973; George Eastman House collections; © John Schott
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Nicholas Nixon (American, b. 1947), <i>Buildings on Tremont Street, Boston</i>, 1975; George Eastman House collections; © Nicholas Nixon
Nicholas Nixon (American, b. 1947), Buildings on Tremont Street, Boston, 1975; George Eastman House collections; © Nicholas Nixon
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Frank Gohlke (American, b. 1942), <i>Irrigation Canal, Albuquerque, New Mexico</i>, 1974; George Eastman House collections; © Frank Gohlke

Frank Gohlke (American, b. 1942), Irrigation Canal, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1974; George Eastman House collections; © Frank Gohlke

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Joe Deal (American, b. 1947), <i>Untitled View (Boulder City)<i>, 1974; George Eastman House collections; © Joe Deal
Joe Deal (American, b. 1947), Untitled View (Boulder City), 1974; George Eastman House collections; © Joe Deal
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Robert Adams (American, b. 1937), <i>Tract House, Westminster, Colorado</i>, 1974; George Eastman House collections; © Robert Adams, courtesy of Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, and Matthew Marks Gallery, New York
Robert Adams (American, b. 1937), Tract House, Westminster, Colorado, 1974; George Eastman House collections; © Robert Adams, courtesy of Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, and Matthew Marks Gallery, New York

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