Alfred Seiland’s photographs capture the built environment, often picturing large and small-scale buildings within formerly undeveloped landscapes. In one series, Seiland turns his camera to the ruins of the ancient Mediterranean empires that spanned Italy, Greece, Israel, Egypt, and Spain. Many of these spaces are largely inaccessible to the public, so Seiland’s work offers a rare glimpse of preserved historical sites. Working in a very large scale, Seiland’s images are incredibly detailed, as well as suggestive of art history’s long tradition of landscape painting, particularly its emphasis on majestic natural vistas.
Seiland’s work has been exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago, Künstlerhaus Vienna, Museum der bildenden Künst in Leipzig, Germany, and the Salzburg Museum in Austria. He has also published several books of his work.