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Alex S. MacLean

For more than 25 years, photographer and aviator Alex MacLean has flown his Cessna 182 over much of the continental United States and Hawaii documenting the landscape. With a strong visual understanding of regional land features, Mr. MacLean's work shows the changes forced upon the land by development. From wilderness views and seascapes, to farming patterns, housing developments, transit systems, and urban scenes, his powerful and descriptive images provide clues to understanding the relationship between the natural and constructed environments

In 1975, two years after receiving his Master of Architecture degree from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, Mr. MacLean founded Landslides, his own business specializing in aerial photography. Since that time, his commercial client base has grown to include architects, engineers, environmental organizations and urban planners. Over the years, Mr. MacLean has amassed a body of work that is comprised of more than 350,000 images. His photographs have been exhibited in the United States, Canada and Europe and have been acquired by many corporate, private, public, and university collections.

Mr. MacLean's photographic essays have appeared in numerous publications and he has contributed his images to a wide variety of printed media all over the world. He has won several National Endowment for the Arts Design Grants and was awarded a Certificate of Excellence in the Eleventh Annual American Photography Competition in 1995. Additionally, he lectures on a regular basis.

Mr. MacLean has published three books of his work. The first, Look at the Land: Aerial Reflections on America, with text by Bill McKibben, was published by Rizzoli in 1993 but is currently out of print. The second, entitled Taking Measures Across the American Landscape, which was co-authored with University of Pennsylvania Professor in Landscape Architecture James Corner and published by Yale University Press in 1996, received the Eighth Annual Citation for Excellence in International Architecture Book Publishing from the American Institute of Architects in 1997. That same year, the book also garnered a Communications Honor Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects. His third book, L' Arpenteur du Ciel, coincided with a solo exhibit in Paris entitled Americaland, and was originally released by Textuel in Paris, France in March 2003. Its English version, published by Thames & Hudson, is entitled Designs on the Land; Exploring America from the Air MacLean works out of his office in Cambridge, Ma and resides in Lincoln, Ma, with his wife and two daughters.

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