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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 geography of Main Streets became a visual critique of the myth of upward mobility that created this car-centered, paved-over universe. Some images look outward to the edges of suburbia where sprawl is encroaching upon nature. Others turn inward, documenting the devastated inner cities. All the stunning color photographs reflect the complex beauty and desolation of visual life in our time.

Book News Annotation:

Brouws (b. 1955) has photographed America for a couple of decades. This collection of his color photos, presented full-page, is arranged in sections focused on the highway landscape, the franchised landscape, and the discarded landscape. He explains some of his thoughts and feelings about what he sees and how he works in an essay; and a separate essay by Los Angeles-based writer William L. Fox is titled "The Impossibility of Ruins." The book is oversize: 11.5x12.5". Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Evocative images of buildings and places, seen from the American road.

Synopsis:

Brouws captures the places in America that still embody the vernacular past, as well as those that starkly portray the soulless, franchised landscape. All of Brouws's stunning color photographs reflect the complex beauty of nature and the desolation of visual life due to urban sprawl.

Synopsis:

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 geography of Main Streets became a visual critique of the myth of upward mobility that created this car-centered, paved-over universe. Some images look outward to the edges of suburbia where sprawl is encroaching upon nature. Others turn inward, documenting the devastated inner cities. All the stunning color photographs reflect the complex beauty and desolation of visual life in our time.

About the Author

Jeff Brouws is the photographer of Highway and Readymades and has written the text for A Passion for Trains: The Railroad World of Richard Steinheimer. A transplanted Californian, he now lives in Red Hook, New York.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393062748
Author:
Brouws, Jeffrey T
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Photographer:
Brouws, Jeff
Photographer:
Brouws, Jeffrey T.
Essay by:
Fox, William L.
Essay:
Fox, William L.
Author:
Brouws, Jeffrey T.
Author:
Brouws, Jeff
Subject:
Individual Photographer
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Photography, Artistic
Subject:
Architectural & Industrial
Subject:
Subjects & Themes - Travel - U.S./General
Subject:
Individual Photographers - General
Subject:
Roadside architecture -- United States.
Subject:
Americana-General
Subject:
PHOTOGRAPHY / General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
September 2006
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
100 color photographs
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
12 x 11 in

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"Synopsis" by , Evocative images of buildings and places, seen from the American road.
"Synopsis" by , Brouws captures the places in America that still embody the vernacular past, as well as those that starkly portray the soulless, franchised landscape. All of Brouws's stunning color photographs reflect the complex beauty of nature and the desolation of visual life due to urban sprawl.

"Synopsis" by , 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 geography of Main Streets became a visual critique of the myth of upward mobility that created this car-centered, paved-over universe. Some images look outward to the edges of suburbia where sprawl is encroaching upon nature. Others turn inward, documenting the devastated inner cities. All the stunning color photographs reflect the complex beauty and desolation of visual life in our time.
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