Lewis Baltz was born on the 12th of September 1945 in Newport beach, California. He was a visual artist and a photographer and he became an important figure in the new topographics movement towards the end of the 1970’s. His work has been presented in numerous exhibitions, books and museums.
In 1969, Baltz graduated in Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art institute and received a master of Fine Arts from the Claremont Graduate School. He has received several scholarships like the National Endowment For The Arts from 1993-1997, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship in 1997 and the US-UK Bicentennial Exchange Fellowship in 1980. Lewis Baltz has also received the Charles Brett Memorial Award in 1991. Eleven years later, Baltz moved to Switzerland where he became a professor for photography at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee.
Lewis Baltz’s work is focused on searching beauty in desolation and destruction. His work describes the architecture of human landscapes like factories and his pictures reflect control, power and influence by/over humans. In 1974, Baltz captured the relationships in inhabitation, settlement and anonymity in The New Industrial parks near Irvine, California. In the late 1980’s, Lewis Baltz moved to Europe where he started to use large colour prints. He published many books and series including Sites of Technology (1989-92).
One of Baltz’s most famous topographic work is called The New Industrial Parks, Nevada, San Quentin Point, Candlestick Point. It has 84 photos that show a public space near Candlestick Park which was ruined by a natural detritus and human intervention. In 1995, Baltz produced a series of video works in addition to his story of Deaths in Newport. This work was also distributed as a book and a CD-ROM.
On the 22nd of November 2014, In Paris, France Lewis Baltz died at the age of 69 due to a really long illness.
All the pictures in this page are by Lewis Baltz. All rights reserved to the author.