Tuesday, August 4, 2009

The Book Report | Into the Sunset: Photography's Image of the American West

Of all the photography books there has been none done so well as the MOMA's compilation of images from artists ranging from Edward Ruscha to Ansel Adams to Julius Shulman to David Hockney. The list goes on and on of the contributors of to Into the Sunset: Photography's image of the American West. Not only does the inside warrant looking but it breaks the "don't judge a book by it's cover" rule. The cover caught my eye and the title dragged in. I don't have to reiterate my love for the American West and the South West but this book exemplifies everything beautiful that once was and what has become. The foreword by Glenn D. Lowry the Director of the MOMA and essay from the author of the book and curator of the MOMA exhibit of the same title Eva Respini really sets the pace for the compilation. Have looked through book 6 times already since I bought it a day ago I will find myself looking through this many times more for inspiration.

More pictures of the book and select pictures from the book after the jump.

Ansel Adams. Mount Williamson, Sierra Nevada, from Mansanar, California. c. 1944

Eadweard J. Muybridge. Valley of the Yosemite from Mosquito Camp. 1872

Robert Frank. Covered car - Long Beach, California. 1955

Julius Shulman. Case Study House #22. 1960

For more check the book out yourself and enjoy the 133 photos from over 60 different photographers. There are some gems and some even more precious photos to inspire you over and over again. Jump in and get a feel for American West the way it is meant to be felt.