Eric Paddock — Belonging to the West

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Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996. Oblong small 4to in wraps as issued. 136 pages, illustrated throughout with finely printed color photographs. Light edgewear, overall a near fine / fine clean copy

First edition, 1st printing

“Change is endemic to the West: We cannot return, either as a culture or as individuals, to the landscapes of our youth.” But images of a vanished or mythic land persist, filled either with buckskinned riders and untouched terrain, or the boisterous, unlimited opportunities of mining towns. Molding our ideas about beauty and scenery, these images continue to be alluring symbols of what the American West is like, or should be. And these ideas, Paddock says, reflect a place that no longer exists. “Even the West’s most powerful remaining symbols of naturethe national parksoften seem shopworn and more urban than wild in the height of tourist season,”notes Paddock.” We are increasingly disconnected from the solace of nature, and have to walk farther and farther to find it.” An outstanding photobook by this photographers photographer, curator of photography at the Denver Art Museum

Eric Paddock — Belonging to the West