Robert Adams: The New West

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‘Though Robert Adams’ book assumes no moral postures, it does have a moral. Its moral is that the landscape is, for us, the place we live.’ – John Szarkowski

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‘Though Robert Adams’ book assumes no moral postures, it does have a moral. Its moral is that the landscape is, for us, the place we live.’ – John Szarkowski

The open American West is nearly gone. The New West is a photographic essay about what came to fill it-freeways, tract homes, low-rise business buildings and signs. In five sequences of pictures taken along the front wall of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, Robert Adams has documented a representative sampling of the whole suburban Southwest. These views have a double power. At first they shock; normally we try to forget the commercial squalor they depict. Slowly, however, they reveal aspects of the geography-the shape of the land itself, for example-that are beyond man’s harm. Adams has written that “all land, no matter what has happened to it, has over it a grace, an absolutely persistent beauty,” and his photographs show this.

Originally published in 1974, The New West is now regarded as a classic, standing alongside Walker Evans’s American Photographs and Robert Frank’s The Americans in the pantheon of landmark volumes of photography exploring American culture and society. This new edition marks the book’s fortieth anniversary and the beginning of a long-term commitment by Steidl to publish the full extent Robert Adams’s remarkable body of work.

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Weight 906 g
Dimensions 25.7 x 22.8 cm
Publisher name Steidl
Publication date 26 April 2016
Number of pages 136
Format Hardback
Contributors Text by Robert Adams, Foreword by John Szarkowski
Dimensions 25.7 x 22.8 cm
Weight 906 g

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Robert Adams was born in 1937 in Orange, New Jersey. After earning a PhD in English literature and teaching the subject for several years at Colorado College, he became a photographer in the mid-1960s. Adams has published more than 40 books of photographs, with the changing landscape of the American West as his primary subject; his books with Steidl include Gone? (2009), The Place We Live (2013) and From the Missouri West (2018). Adams lives and works with his wife in northwest Oregon.