Getty Acquires Baltz Archive

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Lewis Baltz, The Black Freighter (The Frunzanesti), Marghera, Italy, 1997. The Lewis Baltz Archive, Getty Research InstituteLewis Baltz, The Black Freighter (The Frunzanesti), Marghera, Italy, 1997. The Lewis Baltz Archive, Getty Research Institute

 

Photographer Lewis Baltz and his wife, Slavica Perkovic, have donated Baltz's entire archive of work to The Getty Research Institute.

Baltz was included in the landmark New Topographics exhibition at the George Eastman House in 1975, and his photographs, known for their minimalist aesthetic and conceptual rigor, have drawn attention to overlooked American landscapes. Bodies of work including the Tract Houses (1971) and The New Industrial Parks, Near Irvine, California (1974), were enormously influential in terms of conceptual photography.

Baltz moved to Europe in the 1980s, disgusted with the politics of the Reagan/Bush era, and his focus shifted to color photography and an exploration of technology and its impact on society and the environment.

The archive will be catalogued and will be available to researchers in 2014.