Wout Berger
Dutch, born 1941

Wout Berger began photographing landscapes in the late 1970s, focusing on natural sites affected by human development, what he calls “poisoned landscapes.” Rather than presenting straightforward, documentary views of these fragile, polluted places, many of which look paradoxically lush, Berger cuts out any markers of location, scale, and human intervention, such as the horizon line and buildings. By confusing the visual cues associated with health and contamination in his photographs, Berger reveals how disturbingly subtle serious environmental degradation can be.

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