Newport Beach, California, EEUU, 1945.
In 1969 he got graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. He also holds a Master's degree in Fine Arts from the Claremont Graduate University.
Photographer and visual artist, he is considered one of the maximum exponents of the art movement New Topographics, that was developed in the United States between the late 1960s and the mid-1970s. The aim of these photographers was to show the disturbance caused by humans on the environment. They felt how the urban life overrun the landscape with construction works and technology, reaffirming that the unfinished architecture is the identity card of Humanity.
In 1974 he published a book integrated by 54 photos in black and white that shows the industrial architecture and the landscape in Orange County, California. These photos show with a critical vision the chaos and desolation of constructions facing a landscape that doesn’t correspond with them. On its works he looked for the beauty of bleakness and destruction. He was critical with technology and with the human being, denunciating how mankind is destroying the environment with technology. Their images reflect the control, power and influence of human being in mankind. Describes with clear geometry the architecture of human landscape: the offices, factories and parkings.
On the late-1980s he moved to Europe, and started to work with huge colorful prints and with installations with sound and video. He kept investigating the relation between technology, power and society. He conceived the digital photography as another codification of reality. He studied the textures and the non-living materials, insisting on the monotony of the environment created by Humanity.
Between 1989 and 1992 he did several series of pictures showing the inside of factories of high-tech and of state centers of investigation mainly in France and Japan.
His work has been exhibited at Centre Georges Pompidou of Paris, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
It is also part of the funds of the Metropolitan Museum of New York and the Withney Museum of American Art both in New York City, the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, the Kiasma Museum in Helsinki, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington DC and of The Art Institute of Chicago.
In 2002 he became a photography teacher at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland.
He also wrote frequently on the L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui magazine.
He passed away in Paris in 2014.
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