At Home in the West: The Lure of Public Land (Hardback)William S. Sutton (photographer)
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Publisher: George F. Thompson
Number of pages: 200
Weight: 1474 g
Dimensions: 284 x 236 x 23 mm
"Willy Sutton's evocative images of the American West document lands held in the public trust and explore their importance through a sensitive eye, a passion for landscape, and an interest in understanding place through photography. Sutton is not the first photographer to focus on public lands as the geographic boundary for his work, but he certainly is the only one to photograph single handedly the complexity and enormity of this region. The importance, the magic, and even the intimacy of the moment is evident throughout Sutton's work. He becomes the land present, respectful, and passionate. In ways reminiscent of other pioneer photographers Timothy O'Sullivan, Ansel Adams, Eliot Porter, Mark Klett, and Peter Goin among the most notable and influential Sutton's images are a reminder and a wake-up call to remember and recognize the importance of our public lands as places of refuge where encounters with nature will forever revive the human spirit."
Here s a test: open this book and look at Willy Sutton s superb pictures and then try not to fall even more deeply in love with our magnificent western continent. I bet you can t. I couldn t. It made me want to grab some gear, hit the road, and see more of this magnificence first-hand."
"A sojourn is a passing fancy, a contemplative engagement that is in the here and now. William Sutton s lure of the land is a magical walk through public lands. "At Home in the West" could be the motto of the Bureau of Land Management as much as it is opportunity and challenge. Therein lay the truth, as the photographs emerge with reverence for what once was or might still be."
"It is all too easy, when looking at photographs of Western landscapes created in glorious Kodachrome or, more recently, digital images, to forget what this place, the West, really looks like, what it actually is. Here, in William Sutton's striking black-and-white photography, is the reality of the West, where the softening hues so evident in the generic coffee-table book are stripped away to reveal a powerful landscape region. Here is not mere surface but the geology of the place, its very bone and sinew, where thrusting peaks and steep declivities, valleys and cliffs, and meadows and rangeland are revealed in a kind of primordial way a way that helps the reader understand the meaning of what really lies beyond the 100th meridian. Surely, William Sutton deserves all the praise he will receive for giving us a most unusual book that will find a place among other classics of Western landscape photography."
Sutton s resonant photographs evoke the deep silence and seemingly endless spaces of the American West as it must have been 200---or 2,000---years ago. That sense of continuity offers reassurance in an era of constant, sometimes drastic, environmental change and gives us something to stand on as we shape the future of the places that belong to every one of us. "At Home in the West" is an important artistic contribution to the ongoing conversation about our environmental attitudes, perceptions, and values."
"This remarkable visual survey of public lands by William Sutton reveals the vast and exquisite terrain across the United States that is available to anyone, citizen or visitor. Sutton's photographs---powerful, raw, and passionate though not always picturesque---emerge from a true place: the American West. The essays by Sutton and leading curators, in addition to the extensive notes on the public lands that are featured, only enhance the experience and knowledge of this artistic legacy. "At Home in the West" is a thoughtful, intelligent, and timely book that expresses well both the challenges and opportunities that these immense lands, entrusted to our collective care, offer to us all."
"Sutton surveys the vast public lands of the West as they are, showing mountain peaks, saguaro forests, pictographs, and sand dunes, as well as roads, bison, people, fences, mining, and foresting. The signs of habitation and development neither mar nor overwhelm Sutton's West but rather lend a reassuring authenticity to his depiction of the place he calls home."
"In the essay that kicks off his beautiful black-and-white photography book, "At Home in the West: The Lure of Public Land," William S. Sutton says he began taking pictures "to investigate notions about living in a place." Over the last 30 years, his rambling investigations have led him to public lands from the Nebraska Sandhills to the Pacific Coast. Sutton's images are not always the pristine nature-scapes we might imagine; he doesn't shy from documenting man's imprint on the land, from ancient stairsteps carved in rock to stacks of cut trees ready for the sawmill. He prompts readers to ask themselves: How can we use this land for the greatest good?Sutton doesn't provide an easy answer, but his photographs remind us that we are not the first to ask. With additional essays by art curators Toby Jurovics and Susan B. Moldenhauer, At Home in the West offers a sweeping, timeless look at the land that shapes us."