Meadowlands.
Photographs by Joshua Lutz. Text by Robert Sullivan.
powerHouse Books, Brooklyn, 2008. 108 pp., 50 four-color illustrations, 15¾x12¾".

Publisher's Description
'Joshua Lutz takes the New Topographics of Adams, Shore, and Sternfeld into its current era of urban sprawl.' (The New Yorker)

Just two miles west of Manhattan lies the Meadowlands, a 32-square-mile stretch of sweeping wilderness that evokes morbid fantasies of Mafia hits and buried remains. Development has claimed two-thirds of the region, making way for scores of landfills, motels, and gas stations. The growth of poorly planned communities and the impending construction of Xanadu, a five million-square-foot entertainment and retail complex, threaten to change these lands forever.

Under the pretext of searching for Jimmy Hoffa, photographer Joshua Lutz began exploring these lonesome wetlands ten years ago; what started as a strict documentary project soon evolved into something else entirely. Meadowlands, Lutz’s first monograph, is a compelling portrait of this vast and stunning landscape, whose unspoiled area is quickly dwindling. The Meadowlands are a place of solitude, a place you pass through on your way somewhere more inviting—and yet, within it all resides a quiet beauty, a glimmer of hope, a hidden potential for renewal and rebirth.

Read Ryon James's review of Meadowlands in photo-eye Magazine.




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