First edition thus (exceptionally well-printed large format reissue by Steidl). [The true first edition was published in 1987 by Times Books.] Signed and dated March 17, 2004 in black ink on the title page by Sternfeld. Hardcover. Fine gray linen cloth with title stamped in silver on spine, with photographically illustrated dust jacket. Photographs by Joel Sternfeld. Essays by Kerry Brougher, Andy Grundberg and Anne W. Tucker. Designed by Joel Sternfeld, Gerhard Steidl and Bernard Fischer. 140 pp., with 60 full-page four-color plates (printed one per sheet on fine heavy stock paper), beautifully printed by Steidl, Göttingen. These exquisite color reproductions truly do justice to the subtle color sensibility of Sternfeld's original photographs. 12 x 15 1/4 inches. One of the finest photography books (among both re-issued and original titles) to be published in recent years!
CONDITION: Fine in Fine dust jacket.
From Vince Aletti: "...American Prospects brought a new respect for color photography and a deeper understanding of American complexity." "From the publisher: "Originally published in 1987, Joel Sternfeld's now-classic view of America is here remastered, redesigned, and reprinted at a larger, brighter, truer scale. Finally, photography and offset printing techniques have caught up with Sternfeld's eye, and this new edition of American Prospects succeeds in presenting Sternfeld's most seminal work as it has always meant to be shown. A specially-commissioned essay by Kerry Brougher, Chief Curator at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, considers the historical context in which Sternfeld was working and the pivotal role that American Prospects has played in the course of contemporary filmmaking and art photography. In American Prospects, a fireman shops for a pumpkin while a house burns in the background; a group of motorcyclists stop at the side of the road to take in a stunning, placid view of Bear Lake, Utah; the high-tech world headquarters of the Manville Corporation sits in picturesque Colorado, obscured by a defiant boulder; a lone basketball net stands in the desert near Lake Powell in Arizona; and a cookie-cutter suburban housing settlement rests squarely amongst rolling hills in Pendleton, Oregon. Sternfeld's photographic tour of America is a search for the truth of a country not just as it exists in a particular era but as it is in its ever-evolving essence. It is a sad poem, but also a funny and generous one, recognizing endurance, poignant beauty, and determination within its sometimes tense, often ironic juxtapositions of man and nature, technology and ruin."