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Mark Klett

Mark Klett
Distinguished Sustainability Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
Regents' Professor, School of Art, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

School of Art
Arizona State University
PO Box 871505
Tempe, AZ 85287-1505

Mark Klett is a photographer whose background includes working as a geologist before turning to art practice. His photographic projects span a period of more than 35 years, and as the chief photographer for the Rephotographic Survey Project (1977-79) he established his artistic perspective on the American Western landscape by re-photographing Western sites first visited in the 1860’s. His primary research interests include landscape photography; the merger of art practice with history and the social and physical sciences; creative projects that explore relationships between time, change and perception; and projects that examine the language of photographic media through technology. Klett has received fellowships for his work from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Buhl Foundation, and the Japan/US Friendship Commission. His work has been exhibited and published in the United States and internationally, and his work is held in over eighty museum collections worldwide. He is the author of 15 books including Reconstructing the View: the Grand Canyon Photographs of Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe (University of California Press 2012), The Half Life of History and Saguaros (Radius Press 2011 and 2007), After the Ruins (University of California Press 2006), Yosemite in Time (with Byron Wolfe and Rebecca Solnit, Trinity University Press, 2005), Third Views, Second Sights (Museum of New Mexico Press 2004), Revealing Territory (University of New Mexico Press, 1990), and Second View, the Rephotographic Survey Project (University of New Mexico Press, 1984).

BS, Geology, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY, 1974

MFA, Photography, State University of New York at Buffalo

Book Chapters


Klett, M. and T. Martinsson. 2017. Environmental rephotography: Visually mapping time, change and experience. Pp. 120-145 In: Adamson, J. and M. Davis eds., Humanities for the Environment: Integrating Knowledge, Forging New Constellations of Practice. Routledge. New York. ISBN: 978-1138188167.



Klett, M., M. A. Lord and M. Lundgren. 2003. A rephotographic survey of landscape change and persistence for the Greater Phoenix 2100 project. Presented at February 19, 2003, CAP LTER Fifth Annual Poster Symposium, Center for Environmental Studies, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link )