Approaching Nowhere: Photographs

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Evocative images of buildings and places, seen from the American road.
Like many who grew up during the spread of sprawl—with its predictable landscape of housing developments, shopping malls, interstate highways, and big-box construction—acclaimed photographer Jeff Brouws is drawn to places that still embody the vernacular past as well as to those that starkly portray the soulless, franchised American landscape. What began as cultural geography of Main Streets became a visual ...

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Overview

Evocative images of buildings and places, seen from the American road.
Like many who grew up during the spread of sprawl—with its predictable landscape of housing developments, shopping malls, interstate highways, and big-box construction—acclaimed photographer Jeff Brouws is drawn to places that still embody the vernacular past as well as to those that starkly portray the soulless, franchised American landscape. What began as cultural geography of Main Streets became a visual critique of the myth of upward mobility that created this car-centered, paved-over universe. Some images look outward to the edges of suburbia where sprawl is encroaching upon nature. Others turn inward, documenting the devastated inner cities. All the stunning color photographs reflect the complex beauty and desolation of visual life in our time.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393062748
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/25/2006
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 12.04 (w) x 11.42 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeff Brouws is a fine art photographer and part-time writer who has nine books to his credit, authoring five on railroads alone, the latest being The Call of Trains: The Railroad Photographs of Jim Shaughnessy. A book of his own photographs Approaching Nowhere (also from Norton) was published in 2006. His work can be found in major institutional collections around the country including the Whitney Museum of American Art, Princeton University Art Museum and Harvard's Fogg Museum. He resides in New York with his wife Wendy Burton.

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