Smog, Los Angeles
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© Estate of William A. Garnett

William A. Garnett
American, 1949
Gelatin silver print
9 15/16 x 13 3/8 in.

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An ardent conservationist, Garnett became concerned about land use and air pollution in the early 1940s. He made this photograph in an attempt to raise public awareness. Over the years Garnett came to believe that he was more likely to inspire positive change by pointing out nature's enduring beauty than by showing the ugliness caused by poor choices.