John Pfahl

John Pfahl (February 17, 1939 – April 15, 2020) was an American photographer.[1]


Pfahl was born in New York City and grew up in Wanaque, New Jersey.[2] He is known for his landscape photography such as his 1974 "Altered Landscapes" series. He received a BFA from Syracuse University in the School of Art and his MA from Syracuse University in the School of Communications. He taught at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York, from 1968 to 1983. Later he was professor at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. In 2012 he taught at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York.

Pfahl died April 15, 2020, in Buffalo, New York, of COVID-19 during the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.[1]


  • With Rebecca Solnit: Extreme Horticulture. London: Frances Lincoln, 2003. ISBN 978-0711220126.


Pfahl's work is held in the following permanent collections:

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  1. ^ a b Sandomir, Richard (23 April 2020). "John Pfahl, Photographer Who Played With Landscapes, Dies at 81". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-04-30 – via
  2. ^ "John Pfahl". International Center of Photography. 20 April 2020. Retrieved 2020-04-30.
  3. ^ "John Pfahl". Retrieved 2020-04-30.

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