What Can We Believe Where? Photographs of the American West Robert Adams, Jock Reynolds, Joshua Chang

Publication date:
26 Oct 2010
Yale University Art Gallery
128 pages: 248 x 178mm
110 tritone plates
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Since taking up photography in the mid-1960s, Robert Adams (born 1937) has quietly become one of the most influential chroniclers of the evolving American landscape. Carefully edited by Adams from a remarkable body of work that spans over four decades, What Can We Believe Where? Photographs of the American West, 1965–2005 presents a narrative sequence of more than 100 tritone images that reveals a steadfast concern for mankind’s increasingly tragic relationship with the natural world. Adams’s understated yet arresting pictures of the vast Colorado plains, the rapid suburbanization of the Denver and Colorado Springs areas, and the ecological devastation of the Pacific Northwest region of the United States register with subtle precision the complex and often fragile beauty of the scenes they depict.

The most accessible collection of Adams’s work to date, this compact and thought-provoking volume is an essential addition to the bookshelves of students, photographers, and anyone interested in the recent history of the American West and its wider implications.

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Read an article by What Can We Believe Where? author Joshua Chuang on Yale's blog

Robert Adams lives and works in northwestern Oregon. His art has been the subject of exhibitions at museums throughout the United States.

"For Adams aficionados this catalogue will be of primary interest in bringing together the artist’s own edited highlights from 45-years of collecting evidence. For those less familiar with the work it provides a thought provoking sampling point for many large-scale projects which produced books important in their own right."—AG Magazine

"This exquisite little catalogue is a survey of the work of the landscape photographer…..This volume is printed by the best printer in the United States and features a selection of images, some previously unknown, chosen by the master himself. This and the low price make the book a veritable treat."—Foam Photography Magazine

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