Item description for Henry Wessel: Five Books by Henry Wessel...
The photographs in these five books represent a sustained effort to describe the contemporary vernacular landscape of Southern California and the American West. From his early work in the 1970s to his most recent series in Las Vegas (2000-2004), Wessel's wit and insight illuminate a world rich in nuance, humor, and irony. For the past 30 years, Henry Wessel has observed and recorded the unusual and the iconic, framed and formed by the light and landscape of the West. Photographing the endless vanishing points of a desert road in black-and-white or an opulent, gilded hotel corridor in Las Vegas, Wessel finds in each a metaphor for the region where people go to vanish, to assume new identities. Anonymous houses, sculptural cacti, and beachgoers in Waikiki are captured in all their sphinx-like inscrutability.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.47" Width: 10.31" Height: 2.83" Weight: 5.69 lbs.
Release Date Dec 15, 2005
ISBN 386521133X ISBN13 9783865211330
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More About Henry Wessel
Born in New Jersey in 1942, Henry Wessel has photographs in the permanent collections of the major museums of America, Europe, and Asia. His work has been frequently and widely shown, including in solo exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.
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wonderful... Mar 24, 2007
Quite simply, if you're a Henry Wessel fan or a fan of his type of straight, observational black and white photography then this is a terrific book to have. Having seen the prints in person I can say that the reproductions are not great but they're good enough.
Who is this Photographer? He's great! Jun 12, 2006
Thanks to an article in a recent NY times, I am now acquainted with Mr Wessel, who no doubt has had a very full and satisfying life as a photographer operating just below the radar. This is a beautiful set of 5 individual 'monographs' each devoted to a subject or theme,all in a sturdy white slipcase. The production is very good indeed, and the photographs are fine examples of pure vision...as the photographer himself says, the pleasure of the eyes operating outside of the mind. No tricks, no manipulations, just profound (and humorous) seeing. My only complaint is that this set of books whets the appetite for more of Henry Wessel's work.