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Joel Sternfeld: American Prospects (1st Edition)
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American Prospects. Photographs by Joel Sternfeld. Introduction by Andy Grundberg. Afterword by Anne W. Tucker. Times Books/Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1987. Unpaged. Stated First Edition. Clothbound with photo-illustrated dust jacket. Library protector. Oblong quarto. 55 color reproductions. Library protector.
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"In Joel Sternfeld’s now classic view of America, a fireman shops for a pumpkin while a house burns in the background; a group of motorcyclists stop at the side of the road to take in a stunning, placid view of Bear Lake, Utah; the hi-tech world headquarters of the Manville Corporation sits in picturesque Colorado, obscured by a defiant boulder; a lone basketball net stands in the desert near Lake Powell in Arizona; and a cookie-cutter suburban housing settlement rests squarely amongst rolling hills in Pendleton, Oregon. Originally published in 1987, Sternfeld’s American Prospects is a search for the truth of a country not just as it exists in a particular era but as it is in its every-evolving essence. It is a sad poem, yes, but also a funny and generous one, one that recognizes endurance, poignant beauty and determination within its sometimes tense, often ironic juxtapositions of man and nature, technology and ruin."--Steidl (publisher's of the 2003 reprint)
Fine-/Fine-; slightest bit of discoloration to board edges; jacket moderately rubbed; tiny ding near spine edge of rear panel.
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