American Prospects by Joel Sternfeld
. First Steidl edition (2004). First impression. Large format hardback in fine condition. Minor yellowing to pages. Some scuffing to dust jacket (near fine condition), now in removable protective sleeve. Please see pictures. PayPal accepted, any questions please get in touch.
About American Prospects
First published in 1987 to widespread critical acclaim and hailed by People magazine as one of the ten best books of the 1980s, Joel Sternfeld's startling visual chronicle is at once funny and despairing. Also, calmly beautiful and grim. Sternfeld may be America's greatest fineart color photographer, and here his luxuriant landscapes are full of sly surprises and deadpan wit. For example, a renegade elephant lies exhausted on a road; beached whales daintily punctuate a majestic seascape; a fireman buys pumpkins while a house burns behind him.
The sublime contradictions and tragicomedy of this volume are without doubt one of the greatest accomplishments of color photography, all the more fully realized in this splendid new edition.
Furthermore, an essay by Kerry Brougher, Chief Curator at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, considers the historical context of Sternfeld's book and the pivotal role that American Prospects has played in the evolution of contemporary filmmaking and art photography.
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