Landscape Photography

“Nature is a vast, chaotic collection of shapes,” landscape photographer Ansel Adams wrote. “You as an artist create configurations out of chaos.” Filled with unexpected action, sublime beauty, and at times, deep desolation, the natural landscape is perhaps one of the most widely photographed subjects. Below, browse the history of landscape photography, including Carleton E. Watkins’s mammoth glass-plate photographs of Yosemite Valley in the late 19th century to Richard Mosse’s recent series of infrared prints documenting war-torn regions in the Eastern Congo.

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