The Romance Industry. Venezia / Marghera, 1998. Photographs by John Gossage. Text by Dr. Sandro Mescola, Thomas Weski, Gus Blaisdell, and John Gossage. Nazraeli Press, Tucson, 2002. Unpaged. Quarto (8 x 10 in./20 x 25 cm). First Edition. SIGNED on verso of title page and dated 2003. Clothbound in photo-illustrated dust jacket. Numerous duotone reproductions.
"It started with a letter sent on the 26th of May 1998 by Dr. Sandro Mescola. In the letter, Gossage was invited to work on a project to document 'the city of Venice's industrial transformation.' No gondolas and peppermint sticks rising out of the water here. The ports of Marghera provided endless material for an artist who is brilliant at mustering together 'evidence', like a detective. The 'case' for which he photographs is irrelevant; one can so easily become absorbed in the unfolding story the images present that concerns about grandiose theories fall to the wayside. Pay special attention to the chapter entitled, 'The Contents of a Laboratory.' The photographs in that chapter pleasantly conjure up Calder and Diebenkorn in an effortless, unintentional manner."--the publisher
"Gossage wins us by the abandon with which he gives himself to his vision, he strengthens our sympathy for that vision by expressing it through a framework of craft. As an object, for instance, the book is an achievement of the highest order. Reproduction from the original black and white prints is as true as unrelenting care in the application of technology can achieve, and the design of the book..."--Robert Adams, writing about Gossage's The Pond (1985), excerpted in Creative Camera: 30 Years of Writing (Manchester University Press, 2000) and reproduced at AmericanSuburb X