Photographs by Henry Wessel. Essay by Corey Keller.
Steidl, 2011. 25 pp., Tritone illustrations, 11½x11½".
Waikiki, one of Honolulu’s most famous neighbourhoods, had already become a crowded tourist destination when
Wessel photographed there in the late seventies and early eighties. This book contains Wessel’s edit of these pictures
and is a record of American leisure at this time: of surf, sand and inexhaustible pleasure-seekers. Yet Wessel equally
explores the contradictions of Waikiki – concrete hotels invading pristine beaches, culture encroaching on nature.
Despite all the fun in the sun, Wessel’s subjects are often distanced and dissatisfied, suggesting an underlying unease.