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© David Maisel, All Rights ReservedPaul Moakley, “Uncharted Territories: Black Maps by David Maisel.” March 27, 2013.

“The original impetus for the work was informed by looking really closely at 19th-century exploratory photography,” explains Maisel, “and then, an arc through the New Topographics work of the 70s.” He cites the work of iconic black-and-white image makers like Lewis Baltz and Robert Adams — photographers who focused on man-altered landscapes — but felt inspired to “push it further.”

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