Baltz grew up in Southern California’s Newport Beach in 1945, and the area’s suburban terrain often took center stage in his photography. He explored what he felt was an encroachment of urban life on suburban landscapes via concrete walls, construction sites and technology, telling American Suburb X in a 1993 interview: “The suburbs – the edges of the city, the places where city becomes not-city – are the places that are mutating, the places where the future hangs in question.”
A longtime proponent of presenting the realities of life and our relation to and impact on the spaces we inhabit, Baltz’s imagery often sought to comment on the impact of man-altered landscapes. His eye was more critical of urban sprawl and its reach, and he was known for his sharp and minimal black and white compositions, presented in grid format.
Lewis Baltz is survived by his wife Slavica Perkovic and his daughter Monica Baltz.