ALEX MACLEAN (Born 1947)

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STAKING OUT TERRITORY, LIVORNO, ITALY, 2007 by ALEX MACLEAN (Born 1947) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

STAKING OUT TERRITORY, LIVORNO, ITALY, 2007

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MARKED TERRITORY, VIAREGGIO, ITALY, 2010 by ALEX MACLEAN (Born 1947) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

MARKED TERRITORY, VIAREGGIO, ITALY, 2010

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OPEN BEACH, ROSIGNANO, MARITTIMO, ITALY, 2007 by ALEX MACLEAN (Born 1947) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

OPEN BEACH, ROSIGNANO, MARITTIMO, ITALY, 2007

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BRIGHTLY PAINTED HOUSES, BURANO, ITALY, 2010 by ALEX MACLEAN (Born 1947) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

BRIGHTLY PAINTED HOUSES, BURANO, ITALY, 2010

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SETTLEMENT GRADIENT, FORT SASKATCHEWAN, ALBERTA, CA 2014 by ALEX MACLEAN (Born 1947) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

SETTLEMENT GRADIENT, FORT SASKATCHEWAN, ALBERTA, CA 2014

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DIRECTIONLESS LOBSTER BOATS, TREMONT, MAINE, USA, 2008 by ALEX MACLEAN (Born 1947) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

DIRECTIONLESS LOBSTER BOATS, TREMONT, MAINE, USA, 2008

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UP AND DOWN UMBRELLAS, LIDO SPINA, ITALY, 2007 by ALEX MACLEAN (Born 1947) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

UP AND DOWN UMBRELLAS, LIDO SPINA, ITALY, 2007

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POOLSIDE TANNING, CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS, USA, 2012 by ALEX MACLEAN (Born 1947) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

POOLSIDE TANNING, CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS, USA, 2012

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B-52, 'BONE YARD', TUCSON, ARIZONA, USA, 1991 by ALEX MACLEAN (Born 1947) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

B-52, 'BONE YARD', TUCSON, ARIZONA, USA, 1991

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TAILING PILES, HIBBING, MN, 2014 by ALEX MACLEAN (Born 1947) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

TAILING PILES, HIBBING, MN, 2014

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ORE RUNOFF, DULUTH, MN, 2014 by ALEX MACLEAN (Born 1947) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

ORE RUNOFF, DULUTH, MN, 2014

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EVENING AT VIAREGGIO, VIAREGGIO, ITALY, 2010 by ALEX MACLEAN (Born 1947) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

EVENING AT VIAREGGIO, VIAREGGIO, ITALY, 2010

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DINGHIES CLUSTERED AROUND DOCK, DUXBURY, MASSACHUSETTS, USA, 1993 by ALEX MACLEAN (Born 1947) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

DINGHIES CLUSTERED AROUND DOCK, DUXBURY, MASSACHUSETTS, USA, 1993

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OCEAN CITY AMUSEMENT PARK, OCEAN CITY, MARYLAND, USA, 2011 by ALEX MACLEAN (Born 1947) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

OCEAN CITY AMUSEMENT PARK, OCEAN CITY, MARYLAND, USA, 2011

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LOADED COAL TRAIN CARS, NORFOLK, VIRGINIA, USA, 2011 by ALEX MACLEAN (Born 1947) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

LOADED COAL TRAIN CARS, NORFOLK, VIRGINIA, USA, 2011

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SHIPPING CONTAINERS, PORTSMOUTH, VIRGINIA, USA, 2011 by ALEX MACLEAN (Born 1947) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

SHIPPING CONTAINERS, PORTSMOUTH, VIRGINIA, USA, 2011

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FREE SWIM, CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS, USA, 2012 by ALEX MACLEAN (Born 1947) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

FREE SWIM, CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS, USA, 2012

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HIERARCHY OF ROADS, GOODYEAR, ARIZONA, USA, 2004 by ALEX MACLEAN (Born 1947) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

HIERARCHY OF ROADS, GOODYEAR, ARIZONA, USA, 2004

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TWISTS AND TURNS OF A WATERSLIDE PARK, WILDWOOD, NJ 1996 by ALEX MACLEAN (Born 1947) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

TWISTS AND TURNS OF A WATERSLIDE PARK, WILDWOOD, NJ 1996

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SURFERS BEHIND BREAKING WAVES AT SUNSET BEACH, OAHU, HAWAII, USA by ALEX MACLEAN (Born 1947) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

SURFERS BEHIND BREAKING WAVES AT SUNSET BEACH, OAHU, HAWAII, USA

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Early Years

Alex MacLean was born in Seattle, Washington on 8 January 1947 and spent his childhood growing up on an eleven acre "hobby farm", just outside Washington DC. He was interested in photography from an early age and when he was nine went on holiday to Europe taking his clamshell Brownie camera.

His passion for photography developed as he reached his teenage years, and whilst studying for his undergraduate degree at Harvard University he enjoyed photographing the landscapes of subsistence farming surrounding him. During his studies MacLean tried to exploit his photographic skills by applying to join the 'Harvard Crimson' Newspaper but it did not employ him.

Maclean went on to gain a Masters degree in architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design and graduated in 1973. As part of the course he regularly undertook field research, using his camera as the main source for gathering information. When he was offered the chance to research from the air, MacLean discovered it gave him the best view for site analysis and two years after graduating, in 1975, went on to acquire his pilot licence. This helped him fulfil his ambition to photograph our rapidly changing environment and document our impact on the landscapes below. That same year MacLean founded his company, Landslides , specialising in aerial photography for architects, designers, planners and environmentalists. MacLean has gone on to amass an archive of over 350,000 images of streetscapes, parks, gardens, campuses, plazas, mining and extraction pits and urban design developments across parts of America and Europe.

Landslides

The commissions MacLean has received through Landslides also allow him to explore his personal artistic practice which is chiefly concerned with development, industry and humanity's footprint on the natural world. With only one minor accident and one camera lens lost, MacLean continues to spend two to three hours per day flying from one state to the next observing the dramatic landscape below watching it evolve and change. As he said in an interview for Photographer's Forum in 1994: It's easy to fall into imitations yourself. I try to take a fresh approach to all the shots, to be really open to what I'm seeing rather having a premeditated idea about what I'm going to shoot, or forcing a statement out of something that's not there. My good pictures really come from my being responsive.

His images reveal the complexities and absurdities of contemporary life across America and Europe. Maclean has taken photographs 1000 feet above northern Alberta's oil operation. The tar sands, more commonly referred to in Canada as the oil sands, are the world's third-largest petroleum reserve. This expansive and ongoing project documents the destruction of forests natural wildlife in around tar sands in Alberta. The sublime beauty of the wilderness in Alberta is shown by Maclean to be sharply punctuated with vast areas of slick oil sheens and smoke columns rising from refineries.

Maclean is the author of eleven books and has won numerous awards, including the CORINE International Book Award, the American Academy of Rome's Prix de Rome in Landscape Architecture for 2003-2004, and grants from foundations such as the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting in 2014. Maclean lives and works in Lincoln, Massachusetts.

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