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What We Bought: The New World

Adams, Robert

Code 3234
ISBN: 9780300149630
Publisher: Yale University Art Gallery


What we Bought: The New World, Scenes from the Denver Metropolitian Area, 1970-1974"Denver" and "What We Bought", together with "The New West", form a loose trilogy of Robert Adams' work exploring the rapidly developing landscape of the Denver metropolitan area from 1968 through 1974. In the former two books, Adams created a comprehensive document that was resolute in its avoidance of romantic notions of the American West and dispassionately honest about man's despoliation of the land. Both books demonstrate the artist at the height of his powers as a documentary photographer and a poetic sequencer of images. The photographs featured in "Denver" and "What We Bought" show tract housing with mountain ranges in the distance, trailer lots devoid of people, suburban streets through generic windows, shopping mall interiors, and parking lots: subjects distinctly unspectacular, familiar, and banal.Adams' compositions are straightforward and democratic, and it is this precise turn from sentimentality that has made Adams one of the most influential figures in the history of American photography. These exquisite new editions, printed in rich tritones, celebrate this landmark work. "Denver" also includes new and previously unpublished photographs from the project, chosen and sequenced by Adams himself.Hardback, 191 x 248 x 23mm208 pages, 193 tritone illustrationsYale University Art GalleryISBN:9780300149630Publication Date: 03 July 2009