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Meadowland Hardcover – February, 1984

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Lustrum Pr (February 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0912810408
  • ISBN-13: 978-0912810409
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 10.7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,191,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Robin on June 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The New Jersey Meadowlands has changed a lot since Ray Mortenson took these gritty photos in the early 1980s. Back then it was probably considered an instantly forgettable area of tidal marshland, toxic industries and somewhere to put things that Manhattan didn't want. The photos capture some of this: railroad sidings; truck distribution terminals; power plants with tall chimneys; chemical plants and lots of commercial waste ground. Several show ponds and mini lakes of indeterminate liquids and the whole area seems to have plenty of poles holding cables that go in every direction.

Interesting enough if you like shots of man-made America but there are only thirty-seven photos, though nicely printed on a semi gloss paper with a 200 screen. The problem with the book, I think, is that it takes itself just too seriously. The cover is linen with a thick quality board for the flyleaf. The title spread has no photo, just some rather discrete type for the publisher, title and photographer's name. Each spread has a photo on the right with extremely generous margins and a two or three word caption on the left-hand page. The last page has an Afterword by Jonathan Williams: smallish type in three columns. That's 'Meadowlands' for you.

David Plowden has been taking similar shots of industrial America for years and published them in several books and Joshua Lutz did some beautiful color work in an oversize book in 1988, appropriately called: Meadowlands, but none of their books looked just too over-the-top like this one from the Lustrom Press (I believe they ceased to be years ago).
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