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
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.
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