Robert Adams: The Place We Live, a Retrospective Selection of Photographs, 1964-2009

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Photographer Robert Adams (b. 1937) is widely regarded as one of the most significant and influential chroniclers of the American West, renowned for his austere views of a landscape profoundly changed by human development. This stunning three-volume set—printed with an unprecedented fidelity to the photographer's master prints—accompanies a major traveling exhibition and is the first publication to comprehensively survey Adams's 45-year career.

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Overview

Photographer Robert Adams (b. 1937) is widely regarded as one of the most significant and influential chroniclers of the American West, renowned for his austere views of a landscape profoundly changed by human development. This stunning three-volume set—printed with an unprecedented fidelity to the photographer's master prints—accompanies a major traveling exhibition and is the first publication to comprehensively survey Adams's 45-year career.

Presenting an epic sequence of nearly 400 tritone plates, Robert Adams: The Place We Live features selections from all of Adams's major projects, including his seminal work in the suburbs of Colorado Springs and Denver and his most recent, elegiac portrayals of trees in the Pacific Northwest. Also included is an anthology of texts by the photographer, a series of critical essays on Adams's life and work, and an illustrated bibliography and chronology that will shed new light on one of the central American artists of our time.

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Editorial Reviews

TIME
Exquisite . . . a lasting testament to an extraordinary life’s work.—Michael Mack, TIME (Best Photobooks of 2011)
— Michael Mack
Bookforum
Adams’s artistic ideal. . . has much in common with that of a certain sort of lyric poem, one that similarly has not the slightest room for carelessness of any sort. . . . I personally would have felt a lot better about the state of artistic culture in the 1970s and 1980s had I been aware of Adams’s example.—Michael Fried, Bookforum

— Michael Fried

Design Observer
Adams's work is an antidote . . . a lesson in caring about the places we live and the land we use, in all their failings and glory.—Aaron Rothman, Design Observer

— Aaron Rothman

Modern Art Notes
Adams may be the greatest living American photographer.—Tyler Green, Modern Art Notes

— Tyler Green

Boston Globe
[Adams’s] photographs from the ’60s, ’70s, and early ’80s, taken as a whole, are one of the great 20th-century American documents, in any medium, and he is among the few living artists, again in any medium, who deserve the title of American master.—Mark Feeney, Boston Globe

— Mark Freeney

New York Times
[Adams’s] photographs, dating to the 1960s, feel amazingly prescient—often radical—today.—Martha Schwendener, New York Times

— Martha Schwendener

The New York Times
"Judging from its three-volume catalog, the retrospective of the esteemed American photographer Robert Adams at the Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven is a stunning event.”—Roberta Smith, New York Times
TIME - Michael Mack
“Exquisite . . . a lasting testament to an extraordinary life’s work."—Michael Mack, TIME (Best Photobooks of 2011)
Bookforum - Michael Fried
“Adams’s artistic ideal. . . has much in common with that of a certain sort of lyric poem, one that similarly has not the slightest room for carelessness of any sort. . . . I personally would have felt a lot better about the state of artistic culture in the 1970s and 1980s had I been aware of Adams’s example.”—Michael Fried, Bookforum
Design Observer - Aaron Rothman
“Adams's work is an antidote . . . a lesson in caring about the places we live and the land we use, in all their failings and glory.”—Aaron Rothman, Design Observer
Modern Art Notes - Tyler Green
“Adams may be the greatest living American photographer.”—Tyler Green, Modern Art Notes
Boston Globe - Mark Freeney
“[Adams’s] photographs from the ’60s, ’70s, and early ’80s, taken as a whole, are one of the great 20th-century American documents, in any medium, and he is among the few living artists, again in any medium, who deserve the title of American master.”—Mark Feeney, Boston Globe
New York Times - Ken Johnson
“A splendid retrospective exhibition . . . [that] surveys an oeuvre that is as compelling for its understated style as for its moral ferocity. . . . a beautiful three-volume catalog.“—Ken Johnson, New York Times
New York Times - Martha Schwendener
[Adams’s] photographs, dating to the 1960s, feel amazingly prescient—often radical—today.”—Martha Schwendener, New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300141375
  • Publisher: Yale University Art Gallery
  • Publication date: 7/18/2011
  • Pages: 627
  • Product dimensions: 11.10 (w) x 13.50 (h) x 3.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Adams lives and works in northwestern Oregon. Joshua Chuang is Assistant Curator of Photographs at the Yale University Art Gallery. Tod Papageorge is the Walker Evans Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Photography at the Yale School of Art. Jock Reynolds is the Henry J. Heinz II Director of the Yale University Art Gallery. John Szarkowski was the Director of the Department of Photography at New York's Museum of Modern Art from 1962 to 1991.
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