Candlestick Point. Lewis Baltz. Text by Guy Blaisdell. Min Gallery, Tokyo and Aperture, New York, 1989. 136 pp. Small oblong folio. First edition. Faux leather-covered boards with printed grey label tipped on. No dust jacket as issued. Matching cardboard slipcase with printed label (not shown). Text in English and Japanese. With seventy-one duotone and thirteen color plates, including 8 fold-out plates, of the flat industrial wasteland of the Candlestick Point area of San Francisco. Printed in Japan by Mitsumura Printing Company.
Baltz made his name in the late 60s as part of the New Topographics movement photographing forlorn, nondescript wastelands--produced by what we now call sprawl--whose 'natural' distinguishing features have been virtually obliterated. "Baltz's pictures are monolithic in the sense that they make southern California, where he grew up, literally two-dimensional and abstract. The unbroken surfaces that Baltz has depicted have--in the photograph--anyway--a kind of purity as pattern often quite beautiful."--Michel Frizot, The New History of Photography, p. 656.
Covers lightly rubbed; otherwise fine.