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Approaching Nowhere: Photographs

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Like many who grew up during the spread of sprawl--with its predictable landscape of housing developments, shopping malls, interstate highways, and big-box construction--acclaimed photographer Jeff Brouws is drawn to places that still embody the vernacular past as well as to those that starkly portray the soulless, franchised American landscape. What began as cultural geog ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published September 17th 2006 by W. W. Norton Company (first published September 1st 2006)
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Cody
Mar 23, 2017 Cody rated it really liked it
Shelves: photography
A beautiful meditation on neglected landscapes and built environments. With a decade or two between us and Brouws's photos, it's interesting to consider the locations in Approaching Nowhere that have since begun to gentrify. Does that alter or lessen the poignancy of his thesis? I don't think so. Rather, I'd argue it just leads to new possibilities for reexamining the places and ideas that Brouws introduced us to in the first place.
Lisa
Oct 25, 2010 Lisa rated it really liked it
Allows your eyes to linger over landscapes we all tend to dismiss.
Abbey
Feb 18, 2014 Abbey rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful book! I've long been fascinated with urban decay, but what is remarkable in this book is how often it is difficult to tell from the photographs whether a place has been abandoned. Likewise, the inclusion of farflung thriving commercial enterprizes next to failed commercial establishments is exceptionally dramatic.
Truly beautiful--especially for one who wonders why she's never noticed abandoned structures. A poignant reminder that no, they are here, they just blend seamlessly int
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