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Frontcountry Hardcover – April 22, 2014

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Nazraeli Press; 1st edition (April 22, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590054067
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590054062
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.7 x 12.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #661,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By daniel shea on June 14, 2014
Format: Hardcover
The seventh image in Lucas Foglia's book Frontcountry shows Tommy Trying to Shoot Coyotes in Oasis, Nevada. A man, holding a gun, balances on one leg on top of a single fence post, taller than he is. The pose is both awkward and elegant. The figure is struck with heavy photographic paralysis. He's on a fence, an imaginary threshold with no clear indication of what's on either side. The threshold is imaginary because humans imagine these boundaries, a recurring theme in Foglia's practice, foregrounded here in a narrative about land usage and ownership in this last frontier.

The photographs in Frontcountry explore a mining boom along one of the last domestic frontiers, photographed between 2006 and 2013 in rural Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, and Wyoming. Foglia notes that these "are some of the least populated regions in the United States;" people often sparsely inhabit the pictures, many of which depict immense pictorial beauty. Tommy Trying to Shoot Coyotes is both typical and atypical of the pictures in this book; typical because it's rife with subtext and profound metaphor, both contained within its singular picture­hood and within the narrative scope, and atypical because the subject's dance completely confounds my expectations.

Frequently I'm left with a similar burning kind of disorientation while looking through this book, most often triggered by the human gestures. They fall, bend, twist and are kneaded into the hard dirt­fabric of the land. A sense of subtle violence or sexuality is pervasive throughout the portraits, but without an overt effect of making the subjects' plight or normalcy seem spectacular (the easiest way to exploit both the apparatus and naive audience in photography).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Anderson on June 12, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This a great book on so many levels. Awesome collection of photographs, excellent production and underneath the dustjacket is a lovely surprise! I especially enjoyed the maps in the books that showed where in the U.S. west the photographs were taken. Highly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Charles A. Harding on June 17, 2014
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Lucas Foglia's second book, Frontcountry, is stunning and timely. Each image captures both the epic nature of the rural west and the intimate stories of the people he met who live and work there. The mythology of the cowboy is retold in a modern context against the backdrop of the recent boom in mining and energy development. But Foglia does not aggrandize. The photographs, printed with expert detail, tell the stories of real people in all their richness and contradictions.
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