Denver. A Photographic Survey of the Metropolitan Area. Photographs by Robert Adams. Colorado Associated University Press in cooperation with the State Historical Society of Colorado, 1977. Unpaged. Oblong quarto. First edition. Stiff photo-illustrated wrappers. Black-and-white reproductions.
"A prophet in the wilderness of modernity, the photographer Robert Adams has devoted almost five decades to decrying what fecklessly industrious humans have done to the landscape of the American West."--Ken Johnson, excerpt from his New York Times review of the exhibition, Robert Adams: The Place We Live, currently on view at The Yale Art Gallery
"What separates art from politics is that in art, one can simultaneously occupy several positions, sometimes successfully. Take Robert Adams: Artistically somewhat conservative, Mr. Adams is also an ardent environmentalist whose photographs, dating to the 1960s, feel amazingly prescient — often radical — today."--Martha Schwendener, from her NY Times review of the same show.
"In Denver's vacant lots one can still find, no matter how numerous the food wrappers and pieces of styrofoam, an old, tough green--Spanish bayonet, cactus, and sage. Perhaps the most reassuring of all, there remain cottonwoods, those commercially useless trees that are habitat for birds and children. Whether I was photographing these accidental sanctuaries, however, or bare, new tracts, I tried to keep in mind a phrase from a novel by Kawabata: "My life, a fragment of a landscape." The same applied, I thought, to each of us, and to the objects, with which we live, My goal was not only to record the animate and inanimate fragments, but to show the totality, the landscape."--Robert Adams
Near Fine+; light edge wear; as is typical of this title; covers have faded unevenly.