Summer Nights, Walking.
Photographs by Robert Adams.
Aperture/Yale University Art Galler, New York, 2009. 84 pp., 70 tritone illustrations, 8¾x8½".
In this exquisitely produced book, the influential American photographer
Robert Adams revisits the classic collection of nocturnal landscapes that
he began making in the mid-1970s near his former home in Longmont,
Colorado. Originally published by Aperture in 1985 as Summer Nights, this
new edition has been carefully reedited and resequenced by the photographer,
who has added 39 previously unpublished images. Illuminated by
moonlight and streetlamp, the houses, roads, sidewalks and fields in
Summer Nights,Walking retain the wonder and stillness of the original
edition, while adopting the artist’s intention of a dreamy fluidity, befitting
his nighttime perambulations. The extraordinary care taken with the new
reproductions also registers Adams’ attention to the subtleties of the
night, and conveys his appeal to look again at places we might have dismissed
as uninteresting. Adams observes,“What attracted me to the subjects
at a new hour was the discovery then of a neglected peace.”
About the limited edition:
The limited edition of Summer Nights, Walking is a signed and numbered book in a slipcase in an edtion of 150 copies.
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