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Recent Terrains: Terraforming the American West

By: Laurie Brown, Martha Ronk and Charles E Little

112 pages, 60 duotones

Johns Hopkins University Press

Paperback | Dec 2000 | #111468 | ISBN: 0801864003
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Hardback | Dec 2000 | #111467 | ISBN: 0801863996
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In this book of sixty black-and-white panoramas, photographer Laurie Brown documents the changing landscape along the western edge of Southern California.

"Recording those transitions between the unbuilt and the built, Brown has captured a series of alien and foreboding terrains that are stunningly beautiful in their stark austerity and esoteric geometries -- arid lands relentlessly scoured, scraped, modeled, and engineered in preparation for domestication. Even more unnerving are her photographs of the eventual consequences of those geometries -- the planned, repetitive, sterile, and seemingly endless tracts of suburban homes stretching to the horizon's haze, the expanse of the American dream taken to its end. One may wistfully cherish those operatic vistas of pristine wilderness photographed by the likes of Ansel Adams; Laurie Brown shows us what really exists just beyond the Half Dome." -- Robert A. Sobieszek, Curator of Photography & Deputy Director of Strategic Artistic Initiatives, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, reviewing a previous edition or volume

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Laurie Brown was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1978, and her photographs are in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts, and the New Orleans Museum of Art, among many others. Charles E. Little is the author of a dozen books, most recently The Dying of the Trees, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and Discover America: The Smithsonian Book of National Parks, with photographer David Muench. Martha Ronk is the author of seven books of poetry, most recently Displeasures of the Table, Evetrouble, and Emblems.

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