For more than 25 years, David Maisel has looked down upon the American landscape and found shapes and forms that are hauntingly beautiful, yet which also speak to the devastating changes wrought by man’s progress and pursuit of profit at the expense of nature. His images of clear-cut forests, desalination plants, drying lakes, coal mines and American cities have a distinct, scary quality to them that is beguiling. Trained in architecture at Princeton University and in photography at California College of the Arts, he first took to the skies in a small plane over the devastated landscape left by the explosion of Mount Saint Helens with renowned photographer Emmet Gowin in 1983, and since then his career has taken off.

In an earlier work, Report from the Lake (Nazraeli, 2004), Maisel writes words that could be both those of a photographer in a small plane flying over

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