The New West. Landscapes Along the Colorado Front Range. Photographs and text by Robert Adams. Colorado Associated University Press, 1974. xii + plates. Clothbound in photo-illustrated dust jacket. Black-and-white reproductions.
"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."--the publisher
"Originally published in 1974, Robert Adams’s The New West signaled a significant shift in photographic representation of the American landscape. Eschewing photography’s role in romanticizing the Western landscape, Adams focused instead on the construction of tract and mobile homes, subdivisions, shopping centers, and urban sprawl in the suburbs of Colorado Springs and the Denver area. Objective and direct, Adams’s photographs, rendered in his signature middle-gray scale, unsentimentally depict a despoiled landscape washed in the intense Colorado sunlight.
"The New West stands alongside Walker Evans’s American Photographs, Robert Frank’s The Americans, and Stephen Shore’s Uncommon Places in the pantheon of landmark projects on American culture and society."--Aperture, who re-issued this classic title earlier this year.
Fine- in Fine dust jacket; a sweet copy, with just a bit of fading to board extremities.