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Art and Geography

  • By: Deborah Che
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

Geography, visual images, and creative visual representation have long been intertwined. These links may be most long standing and evident in cartography and in the conception and production of maps, which the International Cartographic Association defines as “symbolized images of geographic reality, representing selected features or characteristics, resulting from the creative effort of their authors’ execution of choices, and are designed for use when spatial relationships are of primary relevance.” But the interconnection between geography and art extends well beyond cartography and map design. This relationship can be discussed in terms of landscapes and representation, geography and the production of art, and the role of art in remaking places.

Landscapes and Representation

Geographers have long been interested in studying the visual arts. In particular, geographers have looked ...

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