Publisher: New York: PPP Editions, in association with Roth Horowitz LLC, 2003
Edition: 1st Edition
Condition: Fine / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 113932
First edition, first and only printing. Limited slipcased edition of 50 hand-numbered copies (this being #32/50), signed in black ink on the title page by Adams, in a matching black paper-covered slipcase. Hardcover. Black paper-covered boards, with rubber-like material dust jacket with blind-embossed title. Photographs and text by Robert Adams. Designed by Alexander Gelman (Design Machine, New York) and Andrew Roth. Unpaginated, with 40 duotone plates (20 in each section), beautifully printed on heavy paper by Trifolio, Verona, Italy. 8 1/4 x 9 1/4 inches. Out of print. Very scarce.
Fine in Fine slipcase.
From Robert Adams: "At about the time I took the pictures I read an interview with Raoul Coutard, Jean-Luc Godard's cameraman. In it Coutard noted with gratitude that 'daylight has an inhuman faculty for always being perfect.' It is one of the mercies, I believe, by which each of us is allowed to live."
From the publisher "The unique prints on view were originally part of a larger portfolio which Adams published as The New West in 1974. These 40 images were not included in that publication and are presented here for the first time, sequenced in a new series titled Commercial/Residential. To coincide with the exhibition, PPP Editions in association with Roth Horowitz, has published Commercial/Residential in a limited edition of 1000 copies. This new book is a companion volume to Eden, which Roth Horowitz published in 1999, together they chart the chronology of Adams' formative work.
Commercial/Residential presents two parallel and fundamental themes: the evolution of private and public space in the American west. The Commercial portfolio of 20 images is organically constructed, documenting the expansion of undeveloped landscape in Colorado, as civilization encroaches on nature. The images in the Residential portfolio are witness to the ways in which men and women personalize the new, the unknown, making it their own. Through light and a masterful ease with the medium, Adams evokes the drama in the ordinary. The pictures seem without author, as natural as a passing glance, as familiar as a snapshot."