Item description for Joel Sternfeld: Walking the High Line by Joel Sternfeld, Adam Gopnik & John Stilgoe...
Sometimes like a river of grass, sometimes like the wheat fields of the Canadian prairies, the High Line is a unique ruin that simultaneously permits contemplation of nature and the city. Since March 2000, photographer Joel Sternfeld has been documenting the abandoned elevated railway line which runs for 1.5 miles along the West Side of New York City, from 34th Street down along the edge of the Hudson River, through West Chelsea's tree-lined blocks and art galleries, and into the heart of the Meat Packing District. Walking the path of this real-time landscape, Sternfeld has created a suite of images in which the landscape is read as both a social and cultural indicator.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 10.5" Height: 8.5" Weight: 1.25 lbs.
Release Date Jun 15, 2002
Publisher Steidl/Pace/MacGill Gallery
ISBN 388243726X ISBN13 9783882437263
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More About Joel Sternfeld, Adam Gopnik & John Stilgoe
Joel Sternfeld was born in New York City in 1944. His photographs have been extensively exhibited, notably in Three Americans at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1984, and more recently in Stranger Passing at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and On This Site at The Art Institute of Chicago. Sternfeld's published work includes Walking the High Line, a series of photographs of the abandoned elevated railway in Manhattan's Chelsea district, and Treading on Kings, photographs of protesters at the G8 summit in Genoa, Italy.
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Slightly off the beaten tracks Feb 3, 2004
Joel Sternfeld had the right idea when he took photos of Manhattan's High Line in 2000. These are great images of the abandoned railroad and they work so well because you don't really realise that the track is way above street level and now overgrown with all manner of greenery. These photos perhaps give an eerie impression of what Manhattan might look like some months after all the people left.
Apart from the excellent twenty-four photos I found this book very disappointing, there is the usual annoyance of having all the captions on one page at the back of the book. Plenty of room is available to center them under each photo. There are two essays: one by John Stilgoe I found very tedious, Adam Gopnick's was more interesting as it directly concerned the High Line, its history and possible future. Both essays take up twenty-two pages, almost as much as the photo section and this after all is a photo book.
BTW you can see all of the photos on the High Line web site, had I known that I would not have bought the book!
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