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Meadowlands
     

Meadowlands

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by Robert Sullivan
 

“Joshua Lutz takes the New Topographics of Adams, Shore, and Sternfeld into its current era of urban sprawl.”
—The New Yorker

Just two miles west of Manhattan lies the Meadowlands, a 32-square-mile stretch of sweeping wilderness that evokes morbid fantasies of Mafia hits and buried remains. Development has claimed

Overview

“Joshua Lutz takes the New Topographics of Adams, Shore, and Sternfeld into its current era of urban sprawl.”
—The New Yorker

Just two miles west of Manhattan lies the Meadowlands, a 32-square-mile stretch of sweeping wilderness that evokes morbid fantasies of Mafia hits and buried remains. Development has claimed two-thirds of the region, making way for scores of landfills, motels, and gas stations. The growth of poorly planned communities and the impending construction of Xanadu, a five million-square-foot entertainment and retail complex, threaten to change these lands forever.

Under the pretext of searching for Jimmy Hoffa, photographer Joshua Lutz began exploring these lonesome wetlands ten years ago; what started as a strict documentary project soon evolved into something else entirely. Meadowlands, Lutz’s first monograph, is a compelling portrait of this vast and stunning landscape, whose unspoiled area is quickly dwindling. The Meadowlands are a place of solitude, a place you pass through on your way somewhere more inviting—and yet, within it all resides a quiet beauty, a glimmer of hope, a hidden potential for renewal and rebirth.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

The photographs, taken over a span of 10 years, in Lutz's debut monograph remarkably reveal the swampy, 32-mile area that "separates New Jersey from... the rest of the United States of America." Lutz's fascination with the heavily polluted Meadowlands is contagious, and his compositions gild the seedy motels and impassive empty lots with a lush, despairing beauty. The evocative and moody portraits of drifters and the disenchanted are unforgettable; Lutz's images are powerfully affecting but never exaggerated or disingenuous. A stunning first collection. (Aug.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781576874424
Publisher:
powerHouse Books
Publication date:
07/22/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
108
Product dimensions:
12.60(w) x 15.80(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Joshua Lutz received his MFA in photography from the International Center of Photography and Bard College in 2005. In 2004, he received Best Editorial awards from both Photo District News and Communication Arts, and was also named one of PDN's top 30 emerging photographers. His work has been featured in The New Yorker, Harper's, The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, ArtNews, and Time, and he has exhibited at the Art Directors Club and the International Center of Photography in New York.

Robert Sullivan is the author of such books as Rats: Observations on the History and Habitat of the City's Most Unwanted Inhabitants and Cross Country: Fifteen Years and 90,000 Miles on the Roads and Interstates of America with Lewis and Clark, a Lot of Bad Motels, a Moving Van, Emily Post, Jack Kerouac, My Wife, My Mother-in-Law, Two Kids, and Enough Coffee to Kill an Elephant (Bloomsbury, 2004 and 2006). He was born in New York City and currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife and their two children.

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Meadowlands 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
RayLounge More than 1 year ago
I will definately be buying it. The photgraphs are really amazing!