American ProspectsJoel Sternfeld
New York: Times Books in association with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. 1987.
First edition. Oblong 4to. 255 by 303mm. 128pp Unpaginated. 55 colour photographs. Text by Any Grundberg and Anne Wilkes Tucker, design by Elissa Ichiyasu and Mark LaRiviere. Original dove-grey cloth with spine lettered in silver. Title to upper cover in blind. Original colour photographic dust-jacket. A particularly nice, near fine copy of this collection of starkly archetypal images of everyday America.
Sternfeld travelled across America on and off for eight years with a large format camera. He has written of this series: "In the spring of 1978, I received a Guggenheim Fellowship to continue a series of street photographs. But the award and the possibilities it created encouraged a change in my work...The photographs I made represent the efforts of someone who grew up with a vision of classical regional America and the order it seemed to contain, to find beauty and harmony in an increasingly uniform, technological and disturbing America". (Johnson 258)
Roth, A., The Book of 101 Books, pp. 260-1; Johnson, B., Photography Speaks; Roth, A. et al. Open Book, pp. 338-9; Parr, M. and Badger, G., The Photobook: A History Vol II, pp.34-5.