Listening to the River - Seasons in the American West

Robert Adams,Listening to the River - Seasons in the American West

Robert Adams
Listening to the River - Seasons in the American West

Photographs: Robert Adams

Text: William Stafford

Publisher: Aperture

112 pages

Pictures: 187

Year: 1994

Comments: Beige linen hardcover under dust jacket, 265 x 335 mm. First edition, 1994. Text in english. Black & white photographs. In very good condition.

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Listening to the River is a celebration of anonymous places where we can still find nature's beauty. Robert Adams first visited these particular locations as a boy, when the West seemed unchanging. Now in his fifies, he returns to them with the affection of a longtime acquaintance. The book records hushed walks when irrelevancies are forgotten, when sunlight makes the fields, hills and roads new.

Adam has chosen twelve poems by William Stafford to accompany the pictures. Both photographer and poet observe a practice of quiet in the out-of-doors, and both discover there a promise.

This is an optimistic book, though not a sentimental one : a number of the photographs record views of the suburban West. "Any tree in the path of development appears to have an uncertain future", Adam observes. Listening to the River affirms, however, that trees and other elemens of nature are ultimately protected. "Part of what their beauty means", says the photographer, "is that they are safe."


Robert Adams,Listening to the River - Seasons in the American West

Robert Adams,Listening to the River - Seasons in the American West

Robert Adams,Listening to the River - Seasons in the American West

Robert Adams,Listening to the River - Seasons in the American West

Robert Adams,Listening to the River - Seasons in the American West

Robert Adams,Listening to the River - Seasons in the American West

Robert Adams,Listening to the River - Seasons in the American West

Robert Adams,Listening to the River - Seasons in the American West

Robert Adams,Listening to the River - Seasons in the American West

Robert Adams,Listening to the River - Seasons in the American West

Robert Adams,Listening to the River - Seasons in the American West

Robert Adams,Listening to the River - Seasons in the American West

Robert Adams,Listening to the River - Seasons in the American West

Robert Adams,Listening to the River - Seasons in the American West

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