The Pond.  Photographs by John Gossage. Introductory essay by Denise Sines.

The Pond.

Photographs by John Gossage. Introductory essay by Denise Sines.
Aperture, Millerton, NY, USA, 1985. 106 pp., 11x12".

Publisher's Description

Out of Print.

First Edition (1985).

Signed by Gossage on the half-title page.

Tipped-in gelatin silver print on front cover (one of five variants, this being an image of a dog behind a chain link fence).
Fine condition (a 1-mm crease to the upper right margin of the tipped-in print on the front cover), in Very Good dust jacket (moderate abrasions at the folds and edges and a 1-inch closed tear and crease along the top edge of the rear panel. Barcode sticker on rear panel of dust jacket).

John Gossage's The Pond remains one of the most important photobooks of the medium. As Gerry Badger, coauthor of The Photobook: A History, asserts, "Adams, Shore, Baltz—all the New Topographics photographers made great books, but none are better than The Pond."

Consisting of photographs taken around and away from a pond situated in an unkempt wooded area at the edge of a city, the volume presents a considered foil to Henry Thoreau's stay at Walden. The photographs in The Pond do not aspire to the "beauty" of classical landscapes in the tradition of Ansel Adams. Instead, they reveal a subtle vision of reality on the border between man and nature. Gossage depicts nature in full splendor, yet at odds with both itself and man, but his tone is ambiguous and evocative rather than didactic. Robert Adams described the work as “believable because it includes evidence of man's darkness of spirit, memorable because of the intense fondness (Gossage) shows for the remains of the natural world.”

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