New Topographics

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A label for a group of photographers who came to prominence in the 1970s and brought a new perspective to landscape photography that focused on an objective documentation of locations. Often, works labeled New Topographics also emphasized the relationship between man and nature through the documentation of industrial intrusions on land and scenes of suburban sprawl, motels, and parking lots. The label has its origins in a 1975 exhibition at the International Museum of Photography in Rochester, NY. Key artists from the exhibit include Robert Adams, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Joe Deal, and Stephen Shore. The New Topographics were influential on much of contemporary photography, particularly Becher students like Thomas Struth, Andreas Gursky, Thomas Ruff and Candida Höfer, who became known as the "Dusseldorf School of Photography".

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