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Photographer Joe Deal Dies

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© Joe Deal, “Backyard, Diamond Bar, California,” 1980

Accomplished photographer Joe Deal has died from bladder cancer at age 62.

Deal was best known as one of the photographers included in “New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape” which was exhibited for the first time at the George Eastman House in 1975. New Topographic photographers forged the way for a different way of looking at our landscapes. Until then, landscape photography followed the Ansel Adams school – depicting pristine landscapes in exquisite lighting. Deal was more interested in showing man’s impact on the land. The building boom in the west was quickly reshaping raw land into suburbia, and Deal, along with Robert Adams, Lewis Baltz, Stephen Shore and Bernd and Hilla Becher, depicted this transition in a journalistic rather than a romantic manner. The effect was controversial, and not fully appreciated at the time.

Deal influenced generations of young photographers through his teaching at UC Riverside and his efforts to begin the photography department, his appointment as provost of Rhode Island School of Design, and Washington University, where he was dean.

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Hi Friends, I'm a photographer and artist who lives in Washington DC. I have two blogs. The Gina Genis Blog is about art and photography. My new blog, DC Discoveries is dedicated to showing you everything from fashion to art, food to entertainment in all sections of the District. I hope you will take the journey with me. I exhibit my work in museums and galleries across the U.S. I'm included in the permanent collections of the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, the Otto G. Richter Library Special Collections Division of the University of Miami, Hard Rock Casino, Orange County Transit District, IBM, and the Sarah and Adam Markman Collection among others. My series "Window Peeping" was included in OsCene 2010 at the Laguna Art Museum, Truman State University, Fellows of Contemporary Art, Biola University, and solo shows at Gallery 825 and Cypress College. The "June Gloom" series was exhibited in a solo show at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. The "Kala" series has been exhibited at MPLS Photo Center, Cypress College, and Gallery 825. "Economy Portraits" was created as an Artist In Residence project at the Huntington Beach Art Center, and was awarded "Best Art Show of 2011" by the OC Weekly. I curated Wide Angle View, an exhibit of 16 international, award-winning photo and multi-media journalists at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art to much critical acclaim. Recent reviews of my work have appeared in the Huffington Post, Art Scene, OC Weekly, Orange County Register, New University, Riviera Magazine, Coast Magazine, Huntington Beach Independent, and appeared on CNN, NBC, ABC, and more. I lead the Gina Genis Photo Workshops where I show beginning and intermediate photographers how to jump to the next level with their work. I also teach online photography courses through The Compelling Image.

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