When Steidl recently changed its US distributor, all books in stock were initially shipped back to them in Göttingen. Among the many pallets was hidden a lost treasure: 147 immaculate copies of Lewis Baltz’s Works, ten of Baltz’s seminal photobooks housed in a slipcase, originally published in 2010 and believed to be sold out.
“Baltz’s work exemplifies the ways in which photography, beginning some four decades ago, started to loose the bonds of its isolation within its own segregated history and aesthetics and began to take its place as an equal among other media.” Adam D. Weinberg, Alice Pratt Brown Director, Whitney Museum of American Art
Works celebrates Lewis Baltz’s indelible influence on the development of contemporary photography. Comprising ten volumes in a slipcase, Works contains reissues of Baltz’s most significant books, many of which are now collectible rarities, as well as four as yet unpublished projects. Each of the books has been crafted in close collaboration with Baltz, who oversaw each stage of production at Steidl. From scanning of the vintage prints, to book design, selection of paper and binding materials, pre-press and printing, Baltz has shaped the form and aesthetic of these publications. Printed in luminous quadrotone, Works is a testament to the importance of the book as a primary medium in Baltz’s practice.
The Prototype Works, 1967–76. Text by Matthew S. Witkovsky. 188 pages
The Tract Houses, 1971. Foreword by Adam D. Weinberg. Text by Sheryl Conkelton. 60 pages
The new Industrial Parks near Irvine, California, 1974. 108 pages
Maryland, 1976. Text by Jane Livingston. 56 pages
Nevada, 1977. Text by Robert Sobieszek. 44 pages
Park City, 1980. Text by Hubertus von Amelunxen. 216 pages
San Quentin Point, 1986. 120 pages
Near Reno, 1986. 32 pages
Continuous Fire Polar Circle, 1986. 20 pages
Sites of Technology, 1989–91. Text by Antonello Frongia. 120 pages