Best known for austere and elegant black and white photographs of landscapes transformed by human development, from 1989 to 1991 Lewis Baltz (1945-2014) produced equally striking, but large color images made in corporate and government research facilities, technology centers, and “clean rooms” in Europe and Japan. These unpopulated and anonymous-looking spaces explore, like much of Baltz’s work, “things that couldn’t be photographed.” Their cool, minimal look is intentional, meant to suggest the complexities of commerce and power, as well as of science and technology.
All photographs © Successors of Lewis Baltz. Used by permission. Courtesy Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne