Summer Nights, Walking


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Robert Adams revisits the classic collection of nocturnal landscapes that he began making in the mid-1970s near his former home in Longmont, Colorado, originally published by Aperture in 1985 as Summer Nights. This exquisitely produced new edition has been carefully re-edited and re-sequenced by the photographer, who has added 39 previously unpublished images. Redesigned by revered book designer Katy Homans and printed as dry-trap tritone on uncoated paper by Meridian Printing. It is truly an “objet d’art” for the avid book collector.

Illuminated by moonlight and streetlamp, the houses, roads, sidewalks, and fields retain the wonder of the original edition, while adopting the artist’s intention of a dreamy fluidity. The extraordinary care taken with the new reproductions also conveys Adams’s appeal to look again at places we might have dismissed as uninteresting. Adams observes, “What attracted me to the subjects at a new hour was the discovery then of a neglected peace.”

This classic body of work, Summer Nights, Walking offers a reason to feel, once more, a regard for the quotidian American landscape that Adams reveals as still beautiful despite humanity’s intrusion.

Robert Adams (born Orange, New Jersey, 1937) is a major figure in New Topographics movement known for his photographs of the modern American West. A recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, two Guggenheim Fellowships, the Spectrum International Prize for Photography, and the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, his many books include: From the Missouri West (1980), Beauty in Photography: Essays in Defense of Traditional Values (1981), Our Lives and Our Children (1983), Summer Nights, Walking (1985), Los Angeles Spring (1986), and Perfect Times, Perfect Places (1988). Adams’s work has been widely exhibited, including in a major retrospective at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.


Photographs by Robert Adams
Designed by Katy Homans
8 1/2 x 6/8 inches
80 pages
66 tritone images
Copublished with the Yale University Art Gallery
Fall 2009

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