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Joel Sternfeld: Oxbow Archive

Joel Sternfeld

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ISBN 10: 3865217869 / ISBN 13: 9783865217868
Published by Steidl, Gottingen, Germany, 2008
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Book condition: fine, very scarce signed copy, signed by Sternfeld on title page, consists of a photo of the East Meadows in Northhampton, Massachusetts taken on March 13, 2006 and followed by a succession of photos taken the same area, includes maps of the Oxbow of the Connecticut River and the East Meadows along with a copy of The View from Mt. Holyoke by Thomas Cole in 1836, white cloth boards feature two large color photos set into front and back, some light soiling to right front, interior pristine, binding tight, unpaginated, 13 X 11.25 inches. Postage for oversized and international shipping will be calculated by size and weight. AbeBooks shipping quotes are ESTIMATES only. If actual shipping cost is less than the AbeBooks estimate, it is our practice to REFUND the difference to the buyer. Bookseller Inventory # 006732

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Title: Joel Sternfeld: Oxbow Archive

Publisher: Steidl, Gottingen, Germany

Publication Date: 2008

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Illustrator(s)

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In 1836, the landscape painter and conservationist Thomas Cole completed "View from Mount Holyoke, Northampton, Massachusetts, after a Thunderstorm (The Oxbow)," his iconic painting of the Connecticut River where it bends like an ox yoke. Nearly 200 years later, Joel Sternfeld walked into the field depicted in the lower right quadrant of Cole's painting--which he had first photographed in 1978 while traveling for his seminal American Prospects series--and began making almost daily photographs. By 2006, the oxbow in the river was crossed by an interstate highway and the destructive effects of progress which Cole had so feared were making themselves apparent globally as climate change. This volume collects 77 of the quietly haunting photographs that Sternfeld made over the next year-and-a-half. His choice of subject matter--a flat, unremarkable corn and potato field--signals a conceptual stance away from previous nature depictions: His field is neither beautiful, nor sublime, nor picturesque. Its flatness offers an eloquent emptiness, as well as a vessel for the true subject of this work--the effects of human consumption upon the natural world. Following Sternfeld's Sweet Earth: Experimental Utopias in America and When It Changed, this volume resounds with political and cultural implications.

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