Item description for Consuming the American Landscape by John Ganis & Robert Sobieszek...
Using highly detailed color photographs, John Ganis has chronicled the effects of development and extraction industries in every region of the Continental United States over a period of seventeen years. The subjects of Ganis's images are for the most part flagrantly clear-abandoned wrecks, desolate strip mines, clear-cut forests, industrial parks, landfill sites, and the flattening of terrain for housing -developments-and just as flagrantly disturbing. This is a thesaurus of our "civilized" incursions into the wildness of nature, a charting of our debris-strewn topographies, and a cogent report on our abdication of any reverence -towards the land. In an introductory essay, Robert -Sobieszek, from Los Angeles County Museum, gives an insightful overview of the historical responses to the American landscape and places the work of John Ganis within the context of "the new American pastoral." In 1989, Ganis entered into a collaborative exchange with the noted anthropologist Dr. Stanley Diamond, who wrote the poetry for this book in response to John Ganis's photographs. They represent some of his last and previously unpublished poetic work.
John Ganis established his reputation with work on -important environmental issues. His color photographs of land use in America have been exhibited widely and are in the collections of The Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Center for Creative Photography, The Detroit Institute of Arts, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art etc.
He is currently professor and photography department chair at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 12.75" Height: 9.75" Weight: 2.95 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2003
Publisher Dewi Lewis Publishing
ISBN 1904587003 ISBN13 9781904587002
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A moving landscape Aug 15, 2005
The cover of this book has the perfect image to sum up the contents, a family are perched on a rock taking in the stunning aura of South Dakota's Badlands National Park yet behind them, at the top of a gully and going down is some sort of large metal tubing, what it's for doesn't really matter because it perfectly captures the book's contents: the hand of man on the American landscape.
What I thought was so fascinating about the book was the type of image John Ganis has captured, basically the ordinary everyday environmental impact of industry and commerce and not the pollution and devastation that other photographers have exposed, like David Hanson's amazing aerial work in 'Waste Land' (ISBN 0893817260).
Ganis has searched out construction sites, mines, housing subdivisions, junkyards, landfills, highway furniture stored in fields, plenty of logging and more. The eighty-five images are spot on and just super compositions, which says a lot because what Ganis shoots can't be moved around or changed for a better angle, this is the outdoors: take it or leave it.
The book's production is first-class, landscape with the photos printed in 200dpi on quality paper, a short caption below each image. This revealing collection of images shows how the landscape is being changed day after day in the interests of the American dream.
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