Alex MacLean has been photographing the American landscape from the air for over thirty years, from vast prairie expanses to great desert spaces and city grids. His latest collection of aerial photographs focuses on America at play, and includes astonishing, almost abstract, shots of theme parks, fairgrounds, beaches and sports arenas.
A Harvard-trained architect-turned-photographer-pilot, Alex MacLean has spent his entire career - almost thirty years - in tiny planes and the occasional helicopter, gazing down. His camera captures polluted rivers, pristine forests, the ribbony patterns of plowed wheat fields, burned-out urban row houses - the gamut of the American landscape. His previous book Designs on the Land was published by Thames & Hudson in 2003. Susan Yelavich is an authority on architecture and design. Her books include Inside Design Now, Design for Life and The Edge of the Millennium.