The gallery is pleased to present a new KQED documentary on the work of David Maisel. The film follows Maisel as he returns to Owens Lake and documents his unique process of photographing radically altered terrains.
For more than three decades, David Maisel has been making aerial photographs of Western lands that have suffered “traumatic” interventions by human beings. These include open pit mines, large swaths of clear-cut forests and over-developed urban areas.
“I don’t consider myself an environmental photographer,” Maisel said. “I don’t even consider myself a landscape photographer…the pictures are a starting point to seeing how traumatic these sites are and how natural resource collection is incredibly damaging.”
Watch the documentary here.
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