The Pond. Photographs by John Gossage. Introductory essay by Denise Sines. Aperture, Millerton, 1985. 96 pp. Quarto. Large squarish quarto. Clothbound with original silver gelatin print tipped onto the front board (printed by Gossage; appx 5 x 7 in.). Printed dust jacket. 49 duotone reproductions printed by Brüder Hartmann, Berlin.
"Twenty-five years ago a cult classic crawled from the muck -- The Pond, John Gossage's unpretty answer to Henry David Thoreau's "Walden." It is a book of black-and-white photographs, a troubled narrative in pictures, a response (more or less) to a derelict pond behind a shopping center in Queenstown, Md
"The Pond" now stands alongside other chronicles of the man-altered landscape -- Robert Adams's The New West, Stephen Shore's Uncommon Places and Lewis Baltz's The New Industrial Parks Near Irvine, California -- as one of the "monuments of the New Topographical mode," the photo critic Gerry Badger notes in his essay for the new edition of the book.
To read The Pond (or to go through the exhibition) is to follow Gossage on his walkabout, much the way you'd follow a troop leader you don't quite trust on a hike through an unsavory place that neither of you has ever visited. It is 'neither nature nor culture; too damaged to ignore, but too mundane to prompt much affection,' as curator Toby Jurovics notes in the wall text of the Smithsonian American Art Museum exhibition. You must brush away blurry branches invading the foreground to get a clearer view. And what do you see?"
--From Sarah Boxer's Washington Post review of 'The Pond', an exhibition Gossage's complete series at Smithsonian American Art Museum Gallery, September 4, 2010 READ MORE
Fine+ in Near Fine jacket; a trace of wear to edges; 1 in./2.5 cm area of abrasion to rear panel.