David Maisel was born in New York in 1961. His photographs have been exhibited internationally, and are included in many permanent collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Maisel was a scholar in residence at the Getty Research Institute in 2007, an artist in residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts in 2008, and a recipient of an individual artist’s grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. He is a trustee of the Headlands Center for the Arts. Steidl published Maisel’s Black Maps: American Landscape and the Apocalyptic Sublime in 2013.