Hardcover, cloth bound with dustjacket, signed (includes 52 photographs, the first edition had 49), includes an essay by Gerry Badger and Toby Jurovics.
John Gossage's The Pond was groundbreaking when first published in 1985, and remains one of our most important photobooks. Consisting of photographs taken around a pond in an unkempt wooded area at the edge of a city, the volume presents a considered foil to Henry Thoreau's Walden. The photographs do not aspire to the "beauty" of classical landscapes in the tradition of Ansel Adams. Instead, they reveal a subtle vision of reality on the border between humankind and nature. Gossage depicts nature in full splendor, yet at odds with both itself and humankind. Robert Adams described the work as "believable because it includes evidence of man's darkness of spirit, memorable because of the intense fondness [Gossage] shows for the remains of the natural world."
Aperture is pleased to reissue this second, twenty-fifth anniversary edition of this classic monograph, a highly sought-after collectible, with three additional images, two essays, and a new dust jacket inspired by the original design. The book was accompanied by an exhibition of the same title opening at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. (from the publisher)
Size: 31 x 29 cm (approx.)