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Landfill: Elegy for the Santa Maria Valley -- Brett Kallusky

Landfill: Elegy for the Santa Maria Valley -- Brett Kallusky

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Landfill: Elegy for the Santa Maria Valley -- Brett Kallusky

W032326 | $35.00 / 10% library disc.

George F. Thompson Publishing, Staunton, 2022.

96 pp. Well Illustrated (all B&W). 23 x 21 cm. LC 2021-94496 In English. Hardcover.

ISBN 9781938086878

Landfill is a collection of eye-opening photographs made by Brett Kallusky in California’s historic Santa Maria Valley, one of the world’s great wine-growing areas. This body of work, however, directs our attention to a small section of the landscape: to the entwined systems of vast agricultural production and the waste it creates. The photographs reveal scenes that are literally hidden from public view and knowledge, underscoring their nature as evidentiary documentation: a microcosm with ramifications far beyond its geographical boundaries. Kallusky’s interest does not end there, for his depiction of this famous Central California landscape creates an opportunity for contemplative reflection of our complicit involvement, if only by eating the strawberries, carrots, and cauliflower that is grown here and transported to grocery stores throughout the U.S. Thus, despite the cool formalism and detached documentary style of the pictures, assembled together as they are in this book, they engage in an extended consideration, drawing viewers into a new relationship with this place.

Subject Headings: Western Art -- United States -- Post-1945 ; Post-1970 ; Post-1990 ; Post-2000 -- Photography --

Artist(s): Kallusky, Brett

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