The American Barns

The American Barns

by David Plowden
     
 

A tribute to the barn by the master documentarian of our time.
As an elemental part of our landscape and our history, barns evoke childhood memories for many of us, recollections of a simpler way of life. Regardless of their size or shape, their forms follow their functions. They are honest. They are beautiful. And they are rapidly vanishing. Across the land we

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A tribute to the barn by the master documentarian of our time.
As an elemental part of our landscape and our history, barns evoke childhood memories for many of us, recollections of a simpler way of life. Regardless of their size or shape, their forms follow their functions. They are honest. They are beautiful. And they are rapidly vanishing. Across the land we see abandoned farms with barns falling down, being torn down, and only occasionally being converted to other uses. As urban sprawl eats up the countryside and food-producing Goliaths put small farmers out of business, the need for old barns has diminished. For most of his life as a photographer, David Plowden has admired and photographed barns. In recent years, as their disappearance accelerated, he made it his mission to document these beautiful structures, before they too are lost. The result is this beautiful book, his hymn to the American barn.

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Library Journal
Over the years, Plowden has photographed a wide variety of everyday subjects, from trains to tugboats, found everywhere from the small towns of America to the Great Lakes. He recently undertook a visual study of bridges (Bridges: The Spans of North America) through exquisite, carefully composed black-and-white photographs, a blend of fine art and pure document. In this sumptuous, large-format book, the master craftsman pays tribute to the most common yet perhaps least understood rural building-the humble barn. The book includes 140 beautifully reproduced duotones, ranging from landscapes of weathered barns situated against moody backdrops to sweeping interior photographs of beams and rafters. Plowden has long been recognized for his technical skill and artistic sensibility. However, his greatest strength lies in his depth of visual insight and his ability to capture his subject's heart and soul, as evidenced here. Highly recommended for public and academic libraries.-Raymond Bial, First Light Photog., Urbana, IL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393025576
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
10/19/2003
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
942,966
Product dimensions:
11.90(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

David Plowden is the author of more than twenty photography books, including Bridges: The Spans of North America, Vanishing Point: Fifty Years of Photography, and Requiem for Steam. He lives in Winnetka, Illinois.

David Plowden is the author of more than twenty photography books, including Bridges: The Spans of North America, Vanishing Point: Fifty Years of Photography, and Requiem for Steam. He lives in Winnetka, Illinois.

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