Since 1975, photographer and pilot Alex MacLean has flown his plane and documented the landscape. Trained as an architect at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, his work portrays the history and evolution of the land, recording changes brought about by human intervention and natural processes. His images provide clues to understanding the relationship between the natural and constructed environments.
MacLean’s photographs have been exhibited internationally and are found in private, public, and university collections. He has won numerous awards, including the 2009 CORINE International Book Award for OVER: The American Landscape at the Tipping Point; 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 on Crisis Reporting.
He is the author/co-author of 13 books, including most recently Renaissances (2019), featuring aerial views of chateaus and their gardens of the Centre-Val de Loire region; and IMPACT (2019), illustrating the ramification of sea level rise along the United States east coast and the Gulf of Mexico.
MacLean has a studio and lives in Grafton, Vermont.