Sarah Greenough, with afterword by Terry Tempest Williams
For the first time, the photographs that have come to define Robert Adams’s singular response to the landscape of the American West appear together in one substantive volume. American Silence examines Adams’s reverential act of looking at the world around him and the almost palpable silence of his photographs. It includes works that capture the sense of peace and harmony that the beauty of nature can instill in us, as well as pictures that question our moral silence to the desecration of that beauty by consumerism, industrialization, and lack of environmental stewardship.
Sarah Greenough, head of the department of photographs at the National Gallery, provides an in-depth look at Adams’s prolific career. She leads us from his youth in the West, through his formative years as a photographer, and on to his current position as a leading figure in today’s art world. In her afterword, author Terry Tempest Williams shares her own responses to his images of the changing landscape and to the value of silence.
Featuring some 175 black-and-white photographs from Adams’s most important projects, the book includes pictures of suburban sprawl and strip malls in addition to rivers and skies, the prairie, and the ocean. While Adams’s photographs lament the ravages that have been inflicted on the land, they also pay homage to what remains.
- 304 pages
- 215 illustrations
- 9.25 × 11.25 inches