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Photobook: Robert Adams From the Missouri West – Edited by Joshua Chuang

- 5 years ago

The views making up Robert Adams‘ photobook, From the Missouri West, are of the American West, made between 1975 and 1983. They evoke a wide range of recollections, myths and regrets associated with America’s final frontier.

In the nineteenth century, that frontier began at the Missouri River, beyond which lay a landscape of natural grandeur and purity, challenging the spirit and promising redemption. At the time the pictures were made, the hand of man had not so much disfigured as domesticated that paradise, leaving its mark of intrusion almost casually, with the assurance of absolute triumph. Adams recorded this intrusion with neither judgment nor irony; the land he shows has simply been changed, reduced, made ordinary. Yet a second look makes it apparent that the hand of man has, after all, its limitations.

Robert Adams
Highway 287, Larimer County, Colorado, 1977

First published in 1980, ‘From the Missouri West’ marked a watershed in the history of landscape photography by reclaiming the West’s sublimity as worthy of unromantic reflection. The link between Adams’s work to that of the pioneering figures who surveyed the Western landscape more than a century earlier; in particular Timothy O’Sullivan; is drawn out in this re-edited and substantially enlarged edition of the book.

Robert Adams
The Missouri River, Clay County, South Dakota, 1977.
Robert Adams
Larimer County, Colorado, 1977.

Born in 1937 in Orange, New Jersey, and after earning a PhD in English literature and teaching the subject for several years at Colorado College, Robert Adams became a photographer in the mid-1960s. He has gone on to publish more than forty books of photographs, displaying the changing landscape of the American West as his primary subject. He lives and works in northwest Oregon.

Robert Adams
Looking west toward the mountains in smog, Weld County, Colorado, 1983.
Robert Adams
All images © Robert Adams.

Pricing and availability

The new book, From the Missouri West, by Robert Adams is available in the UK and worldwide and will lighten your wallet to the tune of £90

  • Robert Adams: From the Missouri West
  • Edited by Joshua Chuang
  • Book Design: Joshua Chuang and Victor Balko
  • 132 pages, 62 images
  • 14.3 x 10.20 in. / 39.5 x 34 cm
  • Tritone
  • Clothe-bound in slipcase
  • US$ 125.00 / €95.00 / £90
  • ISBN 978-3-95829-168-3
  • Release Date: February 19th, 2019

About the author

Read Photobook: Robert Adams From the Missouri West – Edited by Joshua Chuang

Simon Skinner

Co-founder // Editor

Having spent many years working in various pockets of the music industry, and always with a camera in hand, Simon has worked with organisations such as Warner/Chappell, Food Records and ultimately, co-founding the innovative independent record label, Izumi Records before moving fully into the world of publishing in 2007. Amongst numerous other projects in the last decade, he has been responsible for a number of specialist photo trade magazines and journals for the filmmaking and photography communities, along with a coffee table book entitled, "Great Britons of Photography' which he produced with Peter Dench and Leica. Now heading up PhotoBite, Simon and the team have set themselves a task of delivering informative and inspirational content for photographers of all levels, from the beginner, shooting with smartphones, to the seasoned photographer and filmmaker.