“Landscape is not the ideologically neutral subject many imagine it to be” – Deborah Bright

In her 1985 essay Of Mother Nature and Marlboro Men, Deborah Bright asked “Why landscape now?” (p1) but  we continue to interrogate the landscape genre, and our questioning today remains along the same lines as over 30 years ago:

“The sorts of questions we might ask concern what ideologies landscape photographs perpetuate; in whose interests they were conceived; why we still desire to make and consume them; and why the art of landscape photography remains so singularly identified with a masculine eye.” (p2) Continue reading