Commercial /Residential, a portfolio of 40
vintage photographs from 1968-1972.
HC 22 x 23,5 cm. ca. 80pp.
PPP Editions 2003
In einer Auflage von 1.000 erscheint Commercial Residential , eine wunderbare Serie aus dem New West - Projekt. 40 Bilder in hervorragender Druckqualität, die Adams Meisterschaft im Umgang mit Licht und Schatten beweisen, und die parallelen Themen des Wachstums des privaten und gewerblichen Raums beschreiben.
The unique prints on view were originally part of a larger portfolio which Adams published as The New West in 1974. These 40 images were not included in that publication and are presented here for the first time, sequenced in a new series titled Commercial/Residential. To coincide with the exhibition, PPP Editions in association with Roth Horowitz, has published Commercial/Residential in a limited edition of 1000 copies.
Commercial/Residential presents two parallel and fundamental themes: the evolution of private and public space in the American west. The Commercial portfolio of 20 images is organically constructed, documenting the expansion of undeveloped landscape in Colorado, as civilization encroaches on nature. The images in the Residential portfolio are witness to the ways in which men and women personalize the new, the unknown, making it their own. Through light and a masterful ease with the medium, Adams evokes the drama in the ordinary. The pictures seem without author, as natural as a passing glance, as familiar as a snapshot.
?At about the time I took the pictures I read an interview with Raoul Coutard, Jean-Luc Godard?s cameraman. In it Coutard noted with gratitude that "daylight has an inhuman faculty for always being perfect." It is one of the mercies, I believe, by which each of us is allowed to live. -