Joe Deal (1947-2010) was born in Topeka, Kansas. He earned his BFA at the Kansas City Art Institute and his MFA degree from the University of New Mexico. While teaching at the University of California, Riverside, Deal established the UCR/ California Museum of Photography. He is one of the founding artists of the New Topographics movement. Deal was among the eight photographers included in the seminal exhibition "New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape", an exhibition curated by William Jenkins at the George Eastman House's International Museum of Photography in 1975. This school of photography was marked by pictures that depicted the growing complexities of the American landscape with "stylistic anonymity" as Jenkins put it.

Following the success of this landmark exhibition, in 1980, Joe Deal completed the Fault Zone Portfolio, a group of 19 silver gelatin prints that documented suburban life along the San Andreas Fault Line in Southern California.

Near the end of his life, the artist produced another remarkable body of work titled West and West. In these crisp black and white photographs of the Great Plains, Deal drew upon 19th century survey photography, but used the horizon line and symmetry of square format to reframe our perception of the landscape as finite.

His work is included in numerous museums and collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the J. Paul Getty Trust, Los Angeles; and in the International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House, Rochester.

Joe Deal died in Providence, Rhode Island in 2010.
SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2010Joe Deal: West and West: Reimagining the Great Plains, Robert Mann Gallery, New York, NY
Joe Deal: West and West, Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
West and West, Kemper Art Museum, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
2009Joe Deal: New Work, Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
2006Joe Deal: New Topographics 1974-1977, Robert Mann Gallery, New York, NY
2004Joe Deal: The Fault Zone & Other Work 1976-1986, Robert Mann Gallery, New York, NY
1997Joe Deal, Clough-Hanson Gallery, Rhodes College, Memphis, TN
1992Joe Deal: Southern California Photographs, 1976-86, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1991Joe Deal: Men and Women, Currents 48, St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO
1986Nagase Photo Gallery, Tokyo and Osaka, Japan
1983Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
1982Susan Spiritus Gallery, Newport Beach, CA
Kirk deGooyer Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1981Light Gallery, New York, NY
1978Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Light Gallery, New York, NY
1976Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA
1975Light Gallery, New York, NY
1973Light Gallery, New York, NY
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2011Seismic Shift: Lewis Baltz, Joe Deal and California Landscape Photography, 1945-1980, University of California, Riverside/California Museum of Photography, Riverside, CA
2010Epilogues 2, Robert Mann Gallery, New York, NY
The View from Here, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Joe Deal and Views of the Altered Landscape, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA
2009New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape, organized by George Eastman House and the Center for Creative Photography. Touring from 2009-2012 with additional stops at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; Landesgalerie Linz, Austria; Photographische Sammlung Stiftung Kultur, Cologne; Jeu de Paume, Paris; Nederlands Fotomuseum Rotterdam, the Netherlands; Bilbao Fine Arts Museum, Bilbao
This Side of Paradise: Body and Landscape in L.A. Photographs, Musée de l'Elisee, Lausanne, Switzerland
2008This Side of Paradise: Body and Landscape in L.A. Photographs, Huntington Library, Pasadena, CA
Seventies: le choc de la photographie américaine, Bibliotheque Nationale de France, Paris, France
2005Overhead/Underfoot, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Empire Style, art2102, Los Angeles, CA
85/05: 20 Years of Fantastic Photography Museum at Tsukuba, Sendai Mediatheque, Japan
Looking At Los Angeles, The Gallery at Hèrmes
The Altered Landscape: Photography Since the Sixties, University of New Mexico
Boxed Sets: Portfolios of the Seventies, Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ
Outside: Contemporary Landscapes, Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York, NY
Real Pictures: From the Collection of Claudia Beck & Andrew Gruft, Vancouver Art Gallery
2004Evidence of Impact: Art & Photography 1963-1978, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Super Hits of the '70s, Milwaukee Art Museum
Photography & Place: Contemporary Work from the Museum's Collection, RISD Museum
Pool Party, Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, NY
2003Affinities... Now and Then, ArtSpace, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO
Rocks & Stones, Eugénio de Almeida Foundation, Évora, Portugal
2002A Proposal for an Exhibition, Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia
2001Human Intervention: Contemporary Landscape Photography, Cleveland Msuem of Art
Walker Evans & Company, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
(traveled to J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA)
2000Made in California: Art, Image, and Identity, 1900-2000, Los Angeles County Museum
Staged & Manipulated: Photographic Fictions, St. Louis Museum
1999Under Construction: Photography, 1900-2000, Milwaukee Art Museum
1998The American Lawn: Surface of Everyday Life, Canadian Centre for Architecture
Digital Frontiers: Photography's Future at Nash Editions, International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House, Rochester, New York
1997Making Architecture, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Elusive Paradise, The Geffen Contemporary at the Museum of Contemporary Art
Backyards, Robert Mann Gallery, New York, NY
Ocean View: The Depiction of Sourthern California Lifestyle, California Museum of Photography, Riverside, Autry Museum of American Heritage, and Laguna Art Museum
Rethinking Topographics, Gallery Luisotti, Santa Monica, CA
Photographers on Location: Landscapes and Cityscapes from the National Museum of American Art, Mt. Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA
1996Crossing the Frontier: Photographs of the Developing West from 1840 to the Present, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography
Perpetual Mirage: Photographic Narratives of the Desert West, Whitney Museum, New York, NY
Long Beach Odyssey: A Photographic Survey, University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach, CA
1995An American Century of Photography: From Dry-Plate to Digital (The Hallmark Photographic Collection), The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO (traveled to Mead Art Museum, Amherst, MA; International Center of Photography, New York, NY; Auckland City Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia; Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA)
Intersections: The Personal and the Social in the Permanent Collection, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
After Art: Rethinking 150 Years of Photography, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA (traveled to Friends of Photography, Ansel Adams Center, San Francisco, CA; Portland Art Museum, Portland, ME)
1994New Acquisitions/New Work/New Directions 2: Photography from the Collection, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
1993Selections from the Permanent Collection: Landscape, Center for Creative Photography, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
1992Passages, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA
This Sporting Life, 1878-1989, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA (traveled to Delaware Art Museum, Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, NY)
Real Visions, Galerie Bodo Niemann, Berlin, Germany
Selections from the Permanent Collection, St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO
1991Photographing L.A. Architecture, Turner/Krull Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1990Polemical Landscapes, California Museum of Photography, University of California
Photography in the Collection of the Seattle Art Museum
The Developing Eye, 150 years of Photography, St. Louis Art Museum
1989Picturing California: A Century of Photographic Genius, The Oakland Museum
Photography 150 Years: Its Light and Shadow, College of Art, Nihon University and Institute of Polytechnics, Tokyo, Japan
[Recap]tion: Recontext, University Art Museum, University of Minnesota
Decade by Decade: Twentieth Century American Photography, Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
1988Suburban Visions, Middle Class Dreams, Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA
Windows on the World, Photographs from the Seagram Collection, Joseph E. Seagrams and Sons, New York, NY
1987Aspects of the New West, The Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Recent Acquisitions, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Frames of Time and Context, Security Pacific National Bank, Los Angeles, CA
1985American Images: Photography 1945-1980, Barbican Art Gallery, London, England
Photography in California 1945-1980, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (traveled to Akron Art Museum, OH; Corcoran Art Gallery, Washington, DC; Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall Park; Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA; Museum Folkwang, Essen, West Germany; Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France)
The Lay of the Land, University Art Gallery, University of Missouri, Kansas City, KS (traveled to University of Missouri, St. Louis, MO; Museum of Art and Archeology, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO; Creighton University Art Gallery, Omaha, NE; University Art Gallery, Northwestern University; Sioux City Art Center, IA
1983Photographs of Real and Potential Disasters: Joe Deal & Frank Gohlke, Film in the Cities Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
Less is More: Limited Edition & Unique Bookworks, The Center for the Book Arts, New York, NY
Radical Rational Space Time: Idea Networks in Photography, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Arboretum: The Tree as Symbol, Form, and Object in American Photography, Schwader Art Gallery, University of Denver; Boulder Center for the Visual Arts; Emmanuel Gallery, Denver, CO
American Photography Today, University of Colorado at Denver
1982California Photography, Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
1981Slices of Time: California Landscapes 1860-1880 and 1960-1980, The Oakland Museum, CA (traveled to Security Pacific Plaza, Los Angeles, CA)
Contemporary Western Landscapes, The Light Factory, Charlotte, NC
New Topographics: Photographs by Robert Adams, Lewis Baltz & Joe Deal, Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, England (traveled to Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, England; B2 Gallery, London, England; Ikon Gallery, Birmingham)
Acquisitions 1973-1980, International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House, Rochester, NY
New Landscapes, Part II, The Friends of Photography, Carmel, CA
Year 200: New Views of Los Angeles, Fine Art Gallery, Mount St. Mary's College, (A Bicentennial Portrait of the City of Los Angeles); Watts' Tower Art Center, San Pedro Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Grossmont College, El Cajon, CA
1980Long Beach: A Photography Survey, Art Gallery, California State University at Long Beach (Funded by the National Endowment for the Arts)
New California Views, International Center for Photography, New York, NY (traveled to Mills College, Oakland, CA; Legale Museum of Contemporary Art; The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN)
1979Attitudes: Photography in the 1970s, Santa Barbara Museum of Art
1978The History of Photography in New Mexico, University Art Museum, University of New Mexico, NM
Baltz/Deal/Gohlke/Shore/Toth, Werkstatt Fur Photographie Der VHS Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany
1977The Great West: Real and Ideal, University of Colorado, Boulder, circulated by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, Washington, DC
Cityscapes: San Francisco & Los Angeles, The San Francisco Museum of Art, CA
Contemporary American Photographic Works, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX (traveled to Lowe Art Museum, Coral Gables, FL; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL)
1976New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape, International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House, Rochester, NY (traveled to Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, CA; Princeton University Art Gallery, NJ)
1975Photographs of Sculpture and Architecture by 19th and 20th Century Photographers, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
American Photography of the Twentieth Century, Part II: Photographers' Choice, Mount St. Mary's College Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (traveled to Within Gallery, New York, NY; Enjay Gallery, Boston, MA; Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH; Apeiron Workshop, Millerton, NY)
1974Ten American Photographers, The Photographers' Gallery, London
1973Sharp Focus Realism: A New Perspective, Pace Editions, New York, NY
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
1972Summer Light, Light Gallery, New York, NY
COLLECTIONS
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
Canadian Center for Architecture, Montreal, Canada
Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ
Cleveland Museum of Art, OH
Columbia College, Chicago, IL
Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House, Rochester, NY
J. Paul Getty Trust, Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC
Neue Sammlung, Munchen, West Germany
Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV
Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA
San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO
Tokyo Institute of Polytechnics, Tokyo, Japan
University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
University Art Museum, Albuquerque, NM
University of Louisville, Louisville, KY
University Museum of Art, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
Vancouver Art Gallery, British Columbia, Canada
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY