Places of Power: The Aesthetics of Technology

Places of Power: The Aesthetics of Technology

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by John Sexton, Walter Cronkite
     
 
Places of Power, John Sexton's third book, transports the viewer to places few have experienced firsthand. Sexton’s images explore the haunting mystery of ancient Anasazi cliff dwellings, the monumental scale of Hoover Dam, the massive energy of steam turbine power plants, and the intricacies of the Space Shuttle -- the single most complex system ever assembled in

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Places of Power, John Sexton's third book, transports the viewer to places few have experienced firsthand. Sexton’s images explore the haunting mystery of ancient Anasazi cliff dwellings, the monumental scale of Hoover Dam, the massive energy of steam turbine power plants, and the intricacies of the Space Shuttle -- the single most complex system ever assembled in human history. The eighty-three photographs in Places of Power bring the viewer into intimate contact with these amazing technological achievements. Seen through Sexton's eyes, these structures and machines built for utilitarian purposes are transformed into miraculous sculptures.

In addition to the vibrant images, the book includes an insightful foreword by legendary journalist Walter Cronkite, as well as an intriguing essay by noted computer scientist, Rob Pike. John Sexton shares his experiences and challenges in the making of these photographs in his own essay. Marked by the same excellence in printing and design as Sexton's two previous award-winning books, Quiet Light and Listen to the Trees, Places of Power is an equally outstanding experience.

From the Author: I am thrilled with the way "Places of Power" has turned out. Ventana Editions gave me complete control over the project, and the results exceed my expectations in every way. This book is an exciting conclusion to my thirteen year photographic project exploring these monuments of human achievement.

Author Biography: JOHN SEXTON is internationally respected as a photographer, master print maker, workshop instructor, and lecturer. Author of two previous award-winning books, Quiet Light and Listen to the Trees, he is best known for his luminous black and white images of the natural environment. For the past thirteen years he has concentrated his attention on the beauty of humankind's technological monuments. Sexton served as photographic assistant and consultant to photographer Ansel Adams from 1979 to 1984. Since 1974 Sexton has taught hundreds of workshops throughout the United States and abroad. His finely crafted large format photographs have appeared in many publications, and are included in permanent collections and exhibitions throughout the world.; WALTER CRONKITE, a legendary journalist, has covered virtually every major news event from World War II to the current Space Shuttle program. He became an American icon as the CBS Evening News anchor from 1962 through 1981. During that period he reported on what he considers the greatest story of our time - humankind's landing on the moon. Twice named "The Most Trusted Man in America," Cronkite's steady, straightforward voice is forever tied to the defining moments of the second half of the 20th century.; Rob Pike has been a member of the Computing Science Research Center of Bell Labs since 1980, where he studies the ways computers can help computer programmers write better programs. In 1981, he developed one of the first systems that used windows to allow multiple applications to share the display. He is a principal architect of the Plan 9 and Inferno operating systems and the author, with Brian Kernighan, of The Unix Programming Environment and The Practice of Programming.

Ventana Editions is dedicated to publishing books, posters, and calendars with high-quality reproductions that convey image quality of the original photographs. We are thrilled to be publishing this exciting new work by legendary photographer John Sexton.

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Sexton (photographer, master print maker, workshop instructor, and lecturer) presents 83 b&w photographs that bring the viewer into intimate contact with structures and machines built for utilitarian purposes but, as seen through his eyes, are transformed into miraculous sculptures. In addition to the vibrant images of such technological achievements as Hoover Dam, steam turbine power plants, the space shuttle, and ancient Anasazi cliff dwellings, the volume also contains essays by Sexton himself, legendary journalist Walter Cronkite, and computer scientist Rob Pike of the Computing Science Research Center of Bell Labs. Oversize: 12.5x12.5<">. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780967218816
Publisher:
Ventana Editions
Publication date:
10/28/2000
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
12.34(w) x 12.26(h) x 0.57(d)

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Places of Power 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have collected photography books for years, and have John Sexton's two previous books, 'Quiet Light' and 'Listen to the Trees.' I expected to find this book of new work interesting, but it exceeded my expectations in every way. The combination of the four different subjects is fascinating, but the images themselves are startlingly beautiful. The essays by Sexton, Walter Cronkite, and Rob Pike tie the photographs together beautifully.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am neither an employee of Ventana Publication, nor am I paid to write good words about this book. I have always been a fan of John Sexton's work. Who else alive can match his fantastic printmaking skills. I will say it with confident; none. John Sexton is the only person I know who comes close to the printmaking standards of Ansel Adams. 'Places of Power' is all about beautiful prints. I am not a technology 'freak,' so I am in no postion to comment in this area. But if you love black-and-white images, photography, the zone system or large format images, this IS the book for you. Personally, I think $60.00 is a small price to pay to be able to appreciate John Sexton's work.