The New West

Landscapes Along the Colorado Front Range

Authored by Robert Adams. Photographs by Robert Adams. Foreword by Mr John Szarkowski.

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Originally published in 1974, Robert Adams’ “The New West” signaled a paradigm shift in the photographic representation of American landscapes. Foregoing photography’s traditional role of romanticizing the Western landscape, Adams focused instead on the construction of tract and mobile homes, subdivisions, shopping centers and urban sprawl in the suburbs of Colorado Springs and the Denver area. Adams transmuted these zones with his minimalist vision of their austerity; as he has noted, “no place is boring, if you’ve had a good night’s sleep and have a pocket full of unexposed film.” Objective and direct, Adams’ photographs, rendered in his signature middle-gray scale, unsentimentally depict a despoiled landscape washed in the intense Colorado sunlight. Today “The New West” stands alongside Walker Evans’ “American Photographs,” Robert Frank’s “The Americans” and Stephen Shore’s “Uncommon Places” in the pantheon of landmark projects on American culture and society. This second reissue of the classic publication has been recreated from Adams’ original prints, and will be released ahead of a major traveling exhibition that will launch in 2010. Foreword by John Szarkowski.

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Format: Hardback
Number of pages: 120
Publication date: 05-01-2008
Measurements: 9.15 x 10.09 x 0.77 inches
ISBN: 9781597110600

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Authored by Robert Adams. Photographs by Robert Adams. Foreword by Mr John Szarkowski.

Robert Adams, born in California in 1937, has worked as a photographer of the changing American landscape over the past four decades. He has been awarded Guggenheim and MacArthur Foundation fellowships. His many books include “What We Bought”, “Summer Nights”, “Los Angeles Spring” and “To Make it Home”, as well as his Aperture titles “Beauty in Photography”, “Why People Photograph” and “Along Some Rivers”. His work is in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.
Robert Adams, born in California in 1937, has worked as a photographer of the changing American landscape over the past four decades. He has been awarded Guggenheim and MacArthur Foundation fellowships. His many books include “What We Bought”, “Summer Nights”, “Los Angeles Spring” and “To Make it Home”, as well as his Aperture titles “Beauty in Photography”, “Why People Photograph” and “Along Some Rivers”. His work is in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.
John Szarkowski is director emeritus of the Department of Photography at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. As director of the department from 1962 through 1991, he oversaw the presentation of more than 100 exhibitions. He also oversaw the publication of more than 30 books and catalogues, the inauguration of the Museum’s first photography collection galleries in 1964 and their expansion in 1984 and the establishment of endowments to support the department’s programs. Throughout his tenure, he supervised the development of the collection, which now includes more than 25,000 works spanning the history of photography. Szarkowski was born in Ashland, Wisconsin in 1925.

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