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Baltz (Lewis) notebooks and ephemera
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The collection of ephemera and notebooks from photographer Lewis Baltz gives insight to his public exhibitions and daily life between 1987-2011. The ephemera documents Baltz's group and solo exhibitions, while notebooks dating from 1995-2005 present a detailed overview of Baltz's career-related activities, meetings, projects planned and executed, and expenses. Also present are several photographs of and by Baltz. Also present are several photographs of and by Baltz.
American photographer and author Lewis Baltz first gained recognition as one of the key figures in the New Topographic Movement of the late 1970s, pioneering an approach to photography that refused to glorify industrial process, revealing instead landscapes blighted by rapid development and human detritus. Born in Newport Beach, California in 1945, Baltz became interested in photography at an early age and began photographing seriously at age 12. He poured over photography publications (early influences were Ed van der Elsken, Wright Morris and Edward Weston) and frequented camera shops, especially William R. Current's store in Laguna Beach, where the owner became his early mentor, employing him in the store at age 14. Baltz graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1969 and received his MFA from Claremont Graduate School in 1971.
3.5 Linear Feet (6 boxes)
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