Where We Live: Photographs of America: From the Berman Collection

Where We Live: Photographs of America: From the Berman Collection

by Kenneth A. Breisch, Anne Lacoste



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Where We Live: Photographs of America: From the Berman Collection by Kenneth A. Breisch, Anne Lacoste

Where We Live presents more than 150 images from the Bruce and Nancy Berman collection of contemporary photographs. From Mitch Epstein's Holyoke, Massachusetts, to Camilo Vergara's Detroit, to John Divola's 29 Palms in Southern California, the images here concentrate on the American landscape and the people and structures that can be found in its vast vistas—and its backyards. The photographs that the Bermans have been drawn to often represent changing American communities recorded by artists whose vision is passionate but unsentimental—a vision that acknowledges the present as fleeting, desolate, and lyrical.
Beautifully reproduced in this volume—which coincides with an exhibition to be held at the J. Paul Getty Museum from October 24, 2006, to February 25, 2007—are works from twenty-four contemporary photographers, the majority working in color, from William Christenberry and William Eggleston to Doug Dubois and Sheron Rupp. Accompanying the photographs are illuminating essays by Kenneth A. Breisch and Colin Westerbeck and an introduction by Judith Keller. An essay by novelist Bruce Wagner captures the mood that runs through this powerful assemblage of photographs.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780892368549
Publisher: Getty Publications
Publication date: 12/28/2006
Series: Getty Trust Publications: J. Paul Getty Museum Series
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 11.20(w) x 11.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Kenneth A. Breisch is an adjunct associate professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Southern California.

Judith Keller is associate curator of photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

Bruce Wagner is the author of I'm Losing You and Still Holding; his most recent novel is The Chrysanthemum Palace.

A writer for the Los Angeles Times, Colin Westerbeck was previously curator of photography at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Table of Contents

Foreword   Michael Brand     7
Preface and Acknowledgments   Judith Keller   Anne Lacoste     9
The Scenic Route: A Photographic Side Trip through America Today   Colin Westerbeck     13
Cultural Landscapes   Kenneth A. Breisch     25
Chorus: The Spirit Room   Bruce Wagner     33
Plates     37
Checklist   Anne Lacoste     210
Biographies   Anne Lacoste     217
Index     223

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