Peter Bacon Hales was one of the twentieth century’s foremost voices in the study of American landscape. After graduating from Haverford College, he moved to Texas to continue his study of photography under luminaries Russell Lee and Garry Winogrand at the University of Texas. He then took a position at the University of Illinois, where he later became Director of the American Studies Institute. At the University of Illinois, Hales published several seminal works on the role of images and landscape in the development of American identity. These works are still considered classics in their field.