Outskirts. Photographs by Todd Hido. Introduction by Luc Sante. Nazraeli Press, Tucson, 2002. 56 pp. Large folio. First edition. Hardbound in photo-illustrated dust jacket. Color reproductions.
Todd Hido's oversized color photographs of prosaic but haunting nighttime scenes taken in the suburbs of America are simply unforgettable. In his second booking following the acclaimed House Hunting, Hido captures images of tract and individual houses, modest apartment buildings, low-slung commercial buildings, and empty roadsides--all shown, as Luc Sante writes, "from the perspective of a stranger and with a tinge of the expectancy like that felt as one reads a cheap thriller." Sure to spawn imitators, Hido's images will make us refocus on familiar nocturnal images in our hometowns.
Fine- in Fine-, lightly rubbed jacket; manufacturers defect in which plastic laminate on dust jacket has rippled in several places along the inside flaps (typical of this title).