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Summer Nights
by Robert Adams
Aperture
ISBN 0-89381-141-6

I have no idea why it has taken me so long to own a monograph by Robert Adams.

After all, I bought and read rather intensively his book of essays called Why People Photograph many many years ago.

Could it because I had cataloged him erroneously under the section called ‘photographers who are great writer but make boring pictures‘?

Maybe I did. My bad.

I must have collected, under that label, a fair number of landscape photographers, especially if they make mainly black and white pictures.

I don’t think Lee Friedlander or Garry Winogrand were parked there though. But let’s leave that for another day.

Strange that it has taken several photographers I admire – Todd Hido and Gregory Crewdson – to come back to Adams.

The first picture inside this book, of the back of a woman in her living room, has been haunting me since I re-saw it again recently.

On dear, no words are needed here.

But you know why.

Summer Nights by Robert Adams
Summer Nights by Robert Adams
Summer Nights by Robert Adams
Summer Nights by Robert Adams