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Processed Views: Surveying The Industrial Landscape

Processed Views Surveying the Industrial LandscapeProcessed Views: Surveying The Industrial Landscape
Barbara Ciurej & Lindsay Lochman
Self Published


11 individual postcards in a die-cut case
150×190 mm
ISBN: Not available


‘Processed Views interprets the frontier of industrial food production: the seductive and alarming intersection of nature and technology. As we move further away from the sources of our food, we head into uncharted territory replete with unintended consequences for the environment and for our health.

In our commentary on the landscape of processed foods, we reference the work of photographer, Carleton Watkins (1829-1916). His sublime views framed the American West as a land of endless possibilities and significantly influenced the creation of the first national parks. However, many of Watkins’ photographs were commissioned by the corporate interests of the day; the railroad, mining, lumber and milling companies. His commissions served as both documentation of and advertisement for the American West. Watkins’ images upheld the popular 19th century notion of Manifest Destiny – America’s bountiful land, inevitably and justifiably utilized by its citizens.

We built these views to examine consumption, progress and the changing landscape.’

Barbara Ciurej is a Chicago-based photographer and graphic designer. Lindsay Lochman is a Milwaukee-based photographer and lecturer at the University of Wisconsin/Milwaukee. They collaborate on photographic projects, and state that their interest is in photography’s storytelling potential to engage the edge between the heroic and the commonplace. ‘We are drawn to the confluence of history, myth and popular culture as they shape our understanding of who we are.’