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    DescriptionConsidered a groundbreaking book when first published in 1985, John Gossage's "The Pond" remains one of the most important photobooks of the medium. As Gerry Badger, coauthor of "The Photobook: A History," Volumes I and II, asserts, "Adams, Shore, Baltz--all the New Topographics photographers made great books, but none are better than "The Pond."" Consisting of photographs taken around and away from a pond situated in an unkempt wooded area at the edge of a city, the volume presents a considered foil to Henry Thoreau's stay at Walden. The photographs in "The Pond" do not aspire to the "beauty" of classical landscapes in the tradition of Ansel Adams. Instead, they reveal a subtle vision of reality on the border between man and nature. Gossage depicts nature in full splendor, yet at odds with both itself and man, but his tone is ambiguous and evocative rather than didactic. Robert Adams described the work as "believable because it includes evidence of man's darkness of spirit, memorable because of the intense fondness [Gossage] shows for the remains of the natural world." Aperture now reissues this exquisitely produced and highly collectible classic monograph. With the addition of three images and two essays, this second edition offers new audiences the opportunity to celebrate this notable work by a master photographer and bookmaker. John Gossage (born 1946) is well known for his artist's books and photographic publications, and has produced 17 books and boxes on specific bodies of work. In the 1960s, he studied briefly with Lisette Model and Alexey Brodovitch. Since then, his work has been exhibited worldwide. His photographs are held in numerous private and public collections, including those of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gossage lives in Washington, D.C.


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    Title
    John Gossage: The Pond
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) John Gossage, By (author) Gerry Badger, By (author) Toby Jurovics
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 108
    Width: 287 mm
    Height: 304 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 1,220 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781597111324
    ISBN 10: 1597111325
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: PHO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.4
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: AJB
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15870
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 03
    BISAC V2.8: PHO013000
    B&T General Subject: 625
    Ingram Subject Code: AP
    Libri: I-AP
    LC subject heading: ,
    B&T Approval Code: A06306400, A06284060
    DC22: 779.36092
    BISAC V2.8: PHO011030
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 779/.36
    DC23: 779.36
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: TR660 .G67 2010
    Edition
    2
    Edition statement
    Ington D.C.
    Illustrations note
    52 illustrations
    Publisher
    aperture
    Imprint name
    aperture
    Publication date
    31 October 2010
    Publication City/Country
    New York