Robert Adams

Turning back

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"Two hundred years ago, Lewis and Clark reported finding in the American Northwest a vast forest of ancient evergreens. In 'Turning Back', Robert Adams looks again at the region’s trees, discovering evidence both of America’s failure and of a continuing promise. “Going east,” Adams suggests, “was more difficult than going west.” 'Turning Back' documents two kinds of predictive evidence. On the one hand Adams observes the results of greed so unrestrained that they are indistinguishable from those of nihilism. On the other we see what still lives, whether by our design or neglect, or providence. From coastal landscapes populated with tourists to timber clear-cutting and small family farms in Oregon, 'Turning Back' reflects what was lost, what is retained, and what we value as a people with a common history." (publisher's note)

"This is not a 'coffee table' book, but one which requires serious thought and study. Ostensibly about clear cutting in Oregon, it is a commentry on our world and what we are doing to it. He does offer hope but it is a thin one. It should be essential study for all photographers involved in environmental photography, in fact anyone concerned with our present attitudes to the world we all live in. Robert Adams most important book yet,but a demanding book to 'read'." (abuyer)

About the photographer (*1937 in New Jersey):
Robert Adams moved to Colorado as a teenager. Adams was a professor of English literature for several years before turning his full attention to photography in the mid 1970s. His work is largely concerned with moments of regional transition: the suburbanization of Denver, a changing Los Angeles of the 1970s and 1980s, and the clear-cutting in Oregon in the 1990s.

His many books, well-known to those concerned with the American Landscape, include 'The New West', 'From the Missouri West', 'Summer Nights', 'Los Angeles Spring', 'To Make It Home', 'Listening to the River', 'West From the Columbia', 'What We Bought', 'Notes for Friends', 'California, Summer Nights', 'Walking', 'Gone?', 'What Can We Believe Where?' and 'The Place We Live'. 
Adams has also written a number of critical essays on the art of photography, including B'eauty in Photography', 'Why People Photograph' and most recently, 'Along Some Rivers'.

Among many awards, Adams has received the Guggenheim and MacArthur Foundation fellowships and in 2006, the Deutsche Börse Prize. In 2009, he was awarded the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography, and in 2014 was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

In the fall of 2010, Yale University Art Gallery organized an ambitious, touring retrospective. This international, multi-venue retrospective highlighted Adams’s four decades of work. The retrospective began in Vancouver, British Columbia and traveled to the Denver Art Museum, the Los Angeles Museum of Art, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, the National Media Museum in the United Kingdom, and the Jeu de Paume, Paris.