Exhibitor History

Ellen Konar & Steve Goldband
Portola Valley, California USA

Fertile Ground pays homage to the more than 77,000 “factories in fields” of California. Covering over 25 million acres, these fields produce two-thirds of America’s fruits, vegetables and nuts. The images in this series narrate the life of incipient seedlings, multiplied in massive greenhouses, transferred to long rows where they are irrigated, fumigated and crops are ultimately harvested. Central to the images are the resplendent arrays of meticulously managed soil and plants, peeking through plastic pathways, that yield in multiples of fields elsewhere. The infinite geometries, plays of light and dark, and hints of texture and detail reveal that there is much to cheer, and yet reasons to fear, the culture of modern day agronomy that feeds Americans and others around the globe in the 21st Century. Our photographic approach builds on the groundbreaking New Topographics which introduced the idea that anthropogenic landscapes embody both intrinsic beauty and cultural significance.



October 20 7:34 from the series Fertile Ground