Steidl, 2010. Clothbound hardcover with dust jacket, 116 pp., 120 b/w illustrations, 250 x 254 mm. Photographs by Robert Adams. Text by Robert Adams, Heinz Liesbrock. Design by Catherine Mills.
“No one wants to be a prophet, if the job can be avoided. What you want to try to be is a psalmist.” Robert Adams
Robert Adams began by photographing suburban landscapes along the edge of the Rocky Mountains. His goal was then, and remains, to acknowledge the disappearance of wilderness but also to discover a basis for affirmation. In the 1980s he went on to revisit semi-rural areas through which he had walked as a boy – landscapes no longer pristine but still notable for their quiet, space and light. The views in this book, none published before, record some of what he found compelling.
Robert Adams was born in 1937 in Orange, New Jersey. After earning a PhD in English literature and teaching the subject for several years at Colorado College, he became a photographer in the mid-1960s. Adams has published more than 40 books of photographs, with the changing landscape of the American West as his primary subject; his books with Steidl include Gone?(2009), The Place We Live (2013) and From the Missouri West (2018). Adams lives and works with his wife in northwest Oregon.