- Hardcover: 184 pages
- Publisher: Steidl & San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; First Edition edition (April 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 386521391X
- ISBN-13: 978-3865213914
- Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 1 x 11.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,284,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Henry Wessel Hardcover – April 1, 2007
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Looking through the plates and reading the two essays in the book I realized how committed Henry Wessel is to light, especially in the western US. With exterior shots there are very few clouds visible and the sky just becomes a light grey backdrop to whatever butts into it. The selection of photos covers a range themes: the man-made landscape of the highway and what can be seen along it; landscapes with people; residential buildings in California; night shots of housing with a simple light source (a porch or inside domestic lighting); several of single-storied dwellings which include nine color ones.
Though so many of the 133 plates are wonderful shots I was rather disappointed with the book because all of them come across, to me, as being too light. I accept that this is Wessel's style but I attribute it more to the printing (with 175 screen) of the book rather than a deliberate choice, though the prints could well have had a lightness to them. I was really made aware of this when looking at plate 112: `Santa Monica, 1989' which is reproduced virtually the same size in the excellent `An American Century of Photography' by Steve Davis. Here the blacks are solid which naturally helps the mid-tones and light areas of the image and being printed as a tritone with a 200+ screen helps too. The Steidl book lacks punch because the overall impression is of grayness and the blacks are never solid (I can still see the screen when using a tester).Read more ›