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Robert Adams: Summer Nights, Walking Hardcover – October 31, 2009

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"...the book exalts the aftershocks of twilight in images Adams began making in the 1970s around his hometown of Longmont, Colorado. Snapping away into the night, Adams, the quintessential Western American photographer, produced a body of work in which the illuminative sources-often floodlights and moon glow-become the primary subject matter. In his images, the tactile beauty of a warm summer evening becomes anachronistically more evident when placed against the sad sprawl of ever-looming industry." -- Aimee Walleston --V Magazine

"The beautifully reproduced photographs capture what he describes as 'a neglected peace' he discovered on his night-time perambulations around his former home in Colorado, and reveal how 'at a new hour' we should look again at places we have dismissed as uninteresting." --Ag: The International Journal of Photographic Art & Practice

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  • Hardcover: 84 pages
  • Publisher: Aperture/Yale University Art Gallery; Rev Exp edition (October 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597111171
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597111171
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.6 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #956,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert Adams, born in 1937, came to prominence as part of the photographic movement known as New Topographics. His work has been widely exhibited both in Europe and the United States. He is a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, the Spectrum International Prize for Photography, and the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. Graves on December 1, 2009
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I agree and disagree with the first review of this book. I agree the photographs are great (of course Robert Adams doesn't know how to make a bad photograph) but I disagree about the comments concerning poor printing. Quite on the contrary I feel the printing is far superior to "Summer Nights". The photographs in this new edition have blacks with tremendous depth and the highlights seem to radiate. Simply the difference between the two books maybe that the images in "Summer Nights, Walking" are quieter. I like this book so much I plan to buy a bunch of copies to give over the Holidays.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Witmer VINE VOICE on November 8, 2009
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I am a Robert Adams fan (I've reviewed quite a few of his other books), but this particular book is a bit of a disappointment, not because of the photographs, but because of the printing. The original book, published in 1985 (and remaindered until recently) was printed on glossy paper, and the images seem to shine with the glow of lights in the night. The new printing (done by Meridian Printing, so you know they paid a pretty penny for this version) is on matte paper, and at least on first viewing, the prints seem muddy. Picking it up again to write this review, and viewed in dimmer light rather than diffuse sunlight, some of the images do seem to possess a bit of a glow... But on the whole, I think I prefer the earlier printing...

Unlike the recently republished "Denver", which remained largely intact with the addition of a few new images (and better printing), this effort is a much more dramatic re-editing of an idea, and the new paper surface seems to push the whole project into murkier territory. Sitting down with both versions of the book--it appears that only about half the images are included in both projects (and some of the common images are baffling in both places...)

This project reminds me a bit of something I once read about Walt Whitman, who published only one book in his life--"Leaves of Grass"--but he repeatedly revised the book, sometimes changing the words in some of his poems, often adding and removing entire poems. Later critics would often note that his changes would often result in leaving out some very strong early poems--but something needs to be done to make way for new work.
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