Item description for Joel Sternfeld: Sweet Earth by Joel Sternfeld...
A common human longing, the utopian community ideal has taken root firmly in America over the past 200 years and continues today. In Sweet Earth: Experimental Utopias in America, Joel Sternfeld looks at 60 historical, ongoing and newly-formed representative American utopias. In this work, Sternfeld continues his practice of chronicling the American landscape, offering here a visual history of the diverse and often ill-understood phenomenon of social experimentation in America. Sweet Earth brings together what might otherwise seem disparate, individualized social phenomena and makes visible the community of communities.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 14" Height: 11.25" Weight: 3.8 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2006
ISBN 3865211240 ISBN13 9783865211248
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More About Joel Sternfeld
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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A fine addition to any collection. Jul 12, 2008
A large, formidable book of beautiful quality chock full of Sternfeld's serene, sensitive and stunningly clear photographs. Composed of inspirational stories and portraits of people living concientious lives built upon dreams, hardwork and hope for something more rewarding than cubicle work & a condo in a gated community. This is a well-rounded and interesting account of efforts in a-typical existences.
Phenomenal! Apr 9, 2008
Fascinating stories of individual and group quests for happiness and order. The accounts of American utopian experiments are detailed, poignant, and non-judgmental, leaving the reader to draw his/her own conclusion about precisely what went wrong. Many lessons to learn from this gorgeous collection by Joel Sternfeld.
Heaven on Earth Feb 24, 2008
With text and one photo on each spread 'Sweet Earth' follows in the same format as Sternfeld's previous fascinating book On This Site rather than the straight photobook style of 'American Prospects' or 'Stranger Passing'. The Editorial Reviews, above, will give you a good idea about the contents.
The photos are a rich selection of the various experimental communities across the Nation and nearly all of the sixty shots are exteriors. They give you an idea of how varied some of these places are, from Dome Village in Los Angeles (domes predictably) Oneida Community Mansion, New York to the eleven homes of Surreal Estates in Sacramento. The text facing each photo tells of the background and current status of each place.
The book is the usual excellent production from Steidl, Germany. Good paper, printing in 175dpi with simple, clean typography and design. I thought it was a pity though that only one photo was devoted to each place. Sternfeld must have taken plenty and it would have given more coherence to the book's purpose to give as full a picture as possible of these intriguing Utopias.
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nice new book Jan 7, 2007
This a great photography book. The prints are very nice. If you like Joel Sternfeld, you will love this book.