What We Bought: The New World: Scenes from the Denver Metropolitan Area, 1970-1974
denver and What We Bought, together with The New West, form a loose trilogy of Robert Adamsís work exploring the rapidly developing landscape of the Denver metropolitan area from 1968 through 1974. In the former two books, Adams created a comprehensive document that was resolute in its avoidance of romantic notions of the American West and dispassionately honest about manís despoliation of the land. Both books demonstrate the artist at the height of his powers as a documentary photographer and a poetic sequencer of images.
The photographs featured in denver and What We Bought show tract housing with mountain ranges in the distance, trailer lots devoid of people, suburban streets through generic windows, shopping mall interiors, and parking lots: subjects distinctly unspectacular, familiar, and banal. Adamsís compositions are straightforward and democratic, and it is this precise turn from sentimentality that has made Adams one of the most influential figures in the history of American photography.
These exquisite new editions, printed in rich tritones, celebrate this landmark work. denver also includes new and previously unpublished photographs from the project, chosen and sequenced by Adams himself.
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Review: What We Bought: The New World: Scenes from the Denver Metropolitan Area, 1970-1974User Review - Mrs. Musrum's Mum Keleher - Goodreads
Black and white photographs of the Denver area, 1970 - 1974, with an emphasis on ugly development rising out of the plain, and retail space. The pictures stand on their merit, but I especially like ... Read full review
Review: What We Bought: The New World: Scenes from the Denver Metropolitan Area, 1970-1974User Review - Goodreads
The pictures record what we purchased, what we paid, and what we could not buy. They document a separation from ourselves -Robert Adams, What We Bought