1512065791

Continental Divide.  Photographs by Henry Wessel.

Continental Divide.

Photographs by Henry Wessel.
Steidl, Göttingen, Germany, 2016. 68 pp., 27 black-and-white illustrations, 11½x11½".

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Running from the Bering Sea to the Strait of Magellan along the main ranges of the Rocky Mountains and the Andes, the Continental Divide is the largest watershed in the Americas. Henry Wessel (born 1942) crisscrossed this natural barrier 34 times by car, photographing its changing landscape. He captured house fronts, shacks, street corners and the highway seen through the windshield, ending somewhere beyond the horizon. Continental Divide accompanies Wessel on this road trip that reflects the gradual environmental change from inhabited grounds to austere landscapes, reminding us of the inherent aesthetics of the everyday. 'Henry Wessel’s photographs do, in some measure, show us what today’s West looks like. Primarily, however, they are subjective reports of what it felt like to travel through a certain region. They evoke the experience of confronting the peculiar juxtaposition of vast nothingness and clutter that is now the American West.'—Dennis Longwell


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