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David T. Hanson's photographs of the coal-mining town of Colstrip, Montana, and the ruined landscape around it were exhibited by John Szarkowski at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1986. The work signaled a shift in American landscape photography, away from the cool modernism of the New Topographics. One of Hanson's aerial views of a waste pond looked like "a second-generation Abstract Expressionist canvas painted in acid," wrote New York Times critic Vicki Goldberg. The interaction of humans and their technology with nature is a subject that has been of particular interest to American artists and is inseparable from our shared heritage in the taming of the wilderness. The historian Leo Marx referred to this theme as "the machine in the garden." In Colstrip, Montana, the process is seen at its endpoint. The machine has ravaged, even consumed, the garden. The photographs reveal an entire pattern of terrain transformed by men to serve their needs. Individual images from the Colstrip series have been widely exhibited and published, but the entire sequence of 66 photographs have only rarely been seen. For this publication, Hanson has added 21 images and re-sequenced the series. Although the photographs were made in the early 1980s, they are perhaps even more relevant today, given growing concerns about energy production, environmental degradation and climate change. The pictures remain tragic reflections of a despoiled environment.

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David T. Hanson was born and raised in Montana, and his art has investigated the contemporary American landscape. He received a B.A. in English Literature from Stanford University, worked with the photographers Minor White and Frederick Sommer, and earned an M.F.A. in Photography from Rhode Island School of Design. A photographer, mixed-media installation artist, writer, and teacher, he taught in the departments of Photography and Landscape Architecture at Rhode Island School of Design from 1983-2000. Hanson has received a number of awards for his work, including a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and two National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artists Fellowships. His work has been in numerous museum exhibitions, including major shows at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Art Institute of Chicago, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Hanson's work is in the permanent collections of major museums throughout the world.

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"If you could buy only a handful of photography books, I suggest this should be one of them. It is one to keep, to read, to study, to put in your school's library, to put on your bookshelf and take down at that right moment to share with students and friends who care deeply about the dark beauty of photography. The book itself is an exquisite physical object, one that needs to be experienced in living, sooty color." from Visual Communication Quarterly, April-June 2012 (by Berkley Hudson) --Visual Communication Quarterly

"Colstrip, Montana, a book that changed landscape photography: Art, history, science, and ethics come together in 'Colstrip, Montana' (Taverner Press), a groundbreaking collection of photographs of one of the largest open-pit coal mines in North America. Taken in the early 1980s, David Hanson's haunting aerial images reveal the dramatic changes to the wider landscape. Critics hailed his work, and a new generation of landscape photographers drew inspiration." The Christian Science Monitor (January 17, 2011) --The Christian Science Monitor

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Book Description Taverner Press November 2010, 2010. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. David T. Hanson's photographs of the coal-mining town of Colstrip, Montana, and the ruined landscape around it were exhibited by John Szarkowski at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1986. The work signaled a shift in American landscape photography, away from the cool modernism of the New Topographics. One of Hanson's aerial views of a waste pond looked like 'a second-generation Abstract Expressionist canvas painted in acid,' wrote 'New York Times' critic Vicki Goldberg. The interaction of humans and their technology with nature is a subject that has been of particular interest to American artists and is inseparable from our shared heritage in the taming of the wilderness. The historian Leo Marx referred to this theme as 'the machine in the garden.' In 'Colstrip, Montana,' the process is seen at its endpoint. The machine has ravaged, even consumed, the garden. The photographs reveal an entire pattern of terrain transformed by men to serve their needs. Individual images from the 'Colstrip' series have been widely exhibited and published, but the entire sequence of 66 photographs have only rarely been seen. For this publication, Hanson has added 21 images and re-sequenced the series. Although the photographs were made in the early 1980s, they are perhaps even more relevant today, given growing concerns about energy production, environmental degradation and climate change. The pictures remain tragic reflections of a despoiled environment. Bookseller Inventory # 20100924101727

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