David T. Hanson was born and raised in Montana and now lives in Iowa. He was awarded a B.A. in English Literature from Stanford University and an M.F.A. in Photography from Rhode Island School of Design. A photographer, installation artist, writer and teacher, he taught in the departments of Photography and Landscape Architecture at Rhode Island School of Design from 1983-2000. He has received numerous awards for his work, including a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (1985) and two National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artists Fellowships (1986 and 1994). One of Hanson’s aerial views of Colstrip, Montana was selected by The New York Times’ photography critic Vicki Goldberg as one of the 100 most important photographs of the 20th century. Over the past thirty-five years his work has been widely exhibited in the United States and internationally—including multiple shows at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art—and is represented in the permanent collections of museums throughout the world. In 1997, Aperture published Waste Land: Meditations on a Ravaged Landscape, a mid-career survey of Hanson’s photography. His other monographs include Colstrip, Montana (2010), Wilderness to Wasteland (2016), and Waste Land (2018).