Robert Adams - The New West (2000 edition)


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  • Hardcover, fine condition, English text
  • Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln, 2000

Additional texts by John Szarkowski, Heinz Liesbrock, and Thomas Weski Black-and-white reproductions.

John Szarkowski, Foreword to The New West: 'But whether out of a sense of fairness, a taste for argument, or a love of magic Robert Adams has in this book done a strange and unsettling thing. He has, without actually lying, discovered in these dumb and artless agglomerations of boring buildings the suggestion of redeeming value. He has made them look not beautiful but important, as the relics of an ancient civilization look important.' He concludes his essay: 'Though Robert Adams's book assumes no moral postures, it does have a moral. It's moral is that the landscape is, for us, the place we live. If we have used it badly, we cannot therefore scorn it, without scorning ourselves. If we have abused it, broken its health, and erected upon it memorials to our ignorance, it is still our place, and before we can proceed we must learn to love it. As Job perhaps began again by learning to love his ash pit.'

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