American, born Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1924, died 1997
Douglas Huebler was a conceptual artist who, beginning in the late 1960s, based his work in photography. Implicit in his work was the abandonment of romanticized landscape photography and its emphasis on emotional content; instead, he replaced the artistic photograph with a systematic approach that sought to document subtle variations within the vast monotony of the man-made environment through serial rather than singular images. In 1970 he wrote, ''The world is full of objects, more or less interesting; I do not wish to add any more. I prefer, simply, to state the existence of things in terms of time and place.''
Huebler taught at Miami University in Ohio, Bradford College in Massachusetts, and Harvard University, and served as dean of the California Institute of the Arts for twenty years. His work has been exhibited in many historical surveys of conceptual art and is represented in museum collections worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, California; Tate Gallery, London; Musee National d'Art Moderne, Paris; and the Israel Museum, Jerusalem.