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David Maisel – Cascade Effect (One Picture Book 49)

Since 2000, US Publisher Nazraeli Press has worked with a number of artists to produce the One Picture Book series. Each title in the series is produced in a limited run of 500 copies, each with a print and hand signed and numbered by the artist. For number 49, entitled Cascade Effect, David Maisel presented works from his 1985 project, The ForestThese black and white aerial  photos show the destruction caused by clear-cut deforestation in Maine, USA. From this angle, the full extent of the thousands of trees uprooted and discarded on the sides of rivers and lakes and the permanent impact it has on the landscape can be seen. The title itself references the term for a series of environmental crises triggered by extinctions within an ecosystem. Accompanying the images is an excerpt from Susan Stewart’s poem, The Forest. 

David Maisel – Oblivion

For his Oblivion series of photos, David Maisel took aerial shots of the sprawling Los Angeles metropolis. In a twist on traditional aerial/landscape photography, the images are presented as negatives which give the city an eerie look, reminiscent of circuit boards and wiring. The project depicts Los Angeles as if it were an ever expanding entity, focused on destruction rather than construction. Maisel compares the city to an autonomous organism with a “cyborg nature”, sprawling across the landscape and consuming all it encounters. The project was first exhibited at the Von Lintel Gallery in New York and has since toured the United States. Nazraeli published the associated catalogue in an edition of 1000 copies and a series of limited editions which came with a print.

David Maisel - Oblivion

David Maisel - Oblivion

David Maisel - Oblivion

David Maisel - Oblivion

David Maisel - Oblivion

John Divola – Isolated Houses

John Divola is an american landscape photographer who describes his work as exploring the landscape by looking for the edge between the abstract and the specific. In the study Isolated Houses, first published by Nazraeli in 2000, Divola photographed isolated structures in the desert of southern California. Here, 150 miles outside of Los Angeles, the built environment thins to a smattering of rudimentary structures, small cubes at the edge of the plane of the desert. Each image is as much about the surrounding landscape and terrain as the building itself; in many images the house is captured from such a distance that they can almost be hard to spot. No information is given on the structures, each is identified only by a geographical co-ordinate.

John Divola - Isolated Houses

John Divola - Isolated Houses

John Divola - Isolated Houses

John Divola - Isolated Houses

John Divola - Isolated Houses

John Divola - Isolated Houses

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