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Joel Sternfeld: American Prospects

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Originally published in 1987, Joel Sternfeld's now-classic view of America is here remastered, redesigned and reprinted at a larger, brighter, truer scale. Finally, photography and offset printing techniques have caught up with Sternfeld's eye, and this new edition of "American Prospects" succeeds in presenting Sternfeld's most seminal work as it has always meant to be sho ...more
Hardcover, 140 pages
Published February 2nd 2004 by Charles Rivers Publishing Co. (first published 1987)
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Elaine Meszaros
Dec 03, 2014 Elaine Meszaros rated it really liked it
American Prospects is a nifty collection of photos from the 70s and 80s by a master photographer. Sternfeld focuses on contrasts of human objects placed existing in nature - a huge rock obstructing the view of a business office, towns dotting empty prairies, a rotting refinery in the desert. Some images are peaceful - nature retaking human creations, other amusing - a woman sunbathing on the beach with a line of battleships behind her, and still others are shocking - a firefighter choosing a pum ...more
Davy
Sep 08, 2014 Davy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art-photography
Second only to Shore's Uncommon Places in my mind. And not inferior really, just different: Sternfeld is more of an "event" photographer than Stephen Shore. Whereas Shore takes a view of nothing -- that is to say, a view invisible to most -- and makes it beautiful and poignant, Sternfeld starts with something -- a house on fire, a mudslide, an escaped elephant -- and forces you to see them in context. This makes their strangeness and beauty all the more striking, since it represents such a sharp ...more
Zioluc
Jun 09, 2014 Zioluc rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fotografia
L'opera più nota di Sternfeld è una pietra miliare della fotografia americana: una delle prime ad aprire la lettura del paesaggio al colore, ma soprattutto lo fa in modo magistrale. E' impossibile non accostare queste foto di grande formato alla pittura, per la composizione di grande respiro ma soprattutto per l'uso del colore. Imperdibile. Il saggio introduttivo è il migliore dei tre contenuti nel libro.
MagnoliaMom
Jun 04, 2012 MagnoliaMom rated it it was amazing
Great sampling of one of the best photographers of all time, Joel Sternfeld. This book glances at the United States through Sternfeld's large-format camera. Seeing the U.S. through his eyes has given me a new perspective on photography and the way I look at the world around me. I recommend this book to anyone, not just photographers or travelers. You will find something interesting in each of his photographs. At first glance, you think you've seen what there is to see, but look closer and you wi ...more
David Gallin-Parisi
May 21, 2012 David Gallin-Parisi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: photobook
Road trip photographs of excellent 1980's America. Confounding, sad, beautiful, and colorful. If you haven't ever seen these photos, or wish you were taking a cross-country road trip through every possible neighborhood of cut and paste wealth, poverty, and previously existing middle class, you need this book. Essential for now!
Judith
May 15, 2007 Judith rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people watchers, cultural critics
I get lost in this volume every time I pull it off the shelf. I literally fall into the photographs, imagining myself on scene at the shoot. Joel Sternfeld does it all; equal parts nostalgia, deliberate spontaneity, and self aware observation, Sternfeld's photographs irrevocably alter the presumed American Dream.
Chris Motta
Oct 24, 2007 Chris Motta rated it it was amazing
incredible color work, images collected over a 7 year period capture an epical view of social mobility, american sprawl and establishment.
James Moes
Apr 28, 2009 James Moes rated it it was ok
Shelves: photography
Interesting compositions on the optimism/futility of American suburbia & sprawl taken around the time of my birth.
Marc Friedman
One of my favorite photographers.
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