For “New Topographics” William Jenkins selected eight then-young American photographers: Robert Adams, Lewis Baltz, Joe Deal, Frank Gohlke, Nicholas Nixon, John Schott, Stephen Shore, and Henry Wessel, Jr.
Lewis Baltz (born 1945 in Newport Beach, California) is a visual artist, philosopher. He was a major force in the NEW TOPOGRAPHICS movement in American photography and devised a technique that is cool, subtly considered, surgically executed and ironic.
Baltz's photographs in "New Topographics" consisted entirely of images of an industrial warehouse complex in Southern California. Tightly composed photographs of blank concrete walls and prefabricated buildings, the images convey a sense of the claustrophobia and anonymity of urban life.
His apparently expressionless, but obsessive, recording of industrial deserts takes on metaphorical overtones as a representation of an American wasteland. His work in the 1990s reflects his interest in surveillance and cybernetics.
- cybernetics: science of communication and automatic control systems in relation to both machines and living things. http://www.answers.com/topic/lewis-baltz
Baltz alternated panoramic views of the horizon with photographs of construction sites, trailer parks, and city streets to show an open landscape slowly being devoured.