Publisher: Paso Robles, California: Nazraeli Press, 2016
Edition: 1st Edition
Condition: New / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 112550
First edition, first printing. Special limited edition of 6 copies, with three original, signed and numbered gelatin silver contact prints, which are housed together with the book in a custom clamshell box. The prints are each from an edition of 25, with the edition numbers for this set being #1-6. The book is signed by the artist on a label tipped in to the back cover, and numbered on the colophon page. Hardcover. Silk cloth-covered boards; with photographically illustrated dust jacket and silk cloth-covered slipcase. 64 pp., with 54 duotone plates. 15 x 12 inches.
New in publisher's packaging.
From the publisher: "'Encountering the American west for the first time in the early 1970s, I became fascinated with the landscapes and iconography of mobile homes. In a previous century Americans migrated west in Prairie Schooners to become farmers or shopkeepers. After the Second World War they continued this "Westward Ho!," but now in commercially-fabricated mobile homes, often to retirement. These new pioneers clustered in communities that transformed the western landscape and its built environment through a new architecture of mobility.
Mobile home manufacturers produce a range of styles with architectural references that animate cultural aspirations or memories of home and community left behind. After choosing a basic style, new owners make individual touches to the exterior and lawn that transform the generic into the personal. Viewed from a surrounding hillside, mobile home parks look like arabesques of uniform aluminum boxes. On close observation, however, they reveal a rich flora and fauna of personal expression and longing for both individuality and community.' --John Schott, from the Preface
The images in Mobile Homes 1975-1976 were made with an 8x10-inch Deardorff view camera in California during 1975 and 1976. This project followed photographs of Route 66 motels in 1973 and 1974, work which was included in 'New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape,' at George Eastman House in 1975 and John Schott | Route 66: 1973–1974, Nazraeli Press, 2014 (NZ Library: Set One).
John Schott's photographs are held within many public collections including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The George Eastman House, Rochester; and the Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge."