Throw out everything that preceded this volume; this is now the definitive reference resource on this body of work. Look more closely for the subtle iterations of composition and the intricate plays of light and dark.
This show (and its accompanying catalogue) successfully tells an inclusive story of the surprising diversity of 1970s color photography. Given how influential this period and its many artists have been on contemporary photographic practice, it's an excellent primer for those looking for background and historical precedents for today's work.
The best book on O'Sullivan I have encountered, with excellent reproductions and scholarly background. Reading this monograph, I saw more clearly how O'Sullivan carefully framed the broad empty space of the West, without going for cheap grandeur. Fans of Robert Adams will find an unexpected set of connections to follow.
This hefty volume has helped me connect the dots between the Muybridge of majestic Western vistas and the Muybridge of cinematic stop motion figure studies. While I haven't seen the show in person, this exhibition catalogue overflows with ideas and interpretations.
Loring Knoblauch is a New York-based collector and critic. He is editor and publisher of DLK COLLECTION, a blog for photography collectors.