Cover image for Monument
Davis, Lynn, 1944-
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Santa Fe, N.M. : Arena Editions, 1999.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly illustrations ; 29 cm

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TR660.5 .D385 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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Over the years, Lynn Davis has become widely celebrated for her large-scale photographs of "monuments" of the human and natural landscape from around the world. Whether depicting the ancient pyramids of Giza, the temples of Cambodia, or the icebergs of Greenland, Davis articulates both the omnipotent forces of nature and the most resolute building endeavors ever undertaken by man. Davis's aesthetic is cool and refined; her sparse composition and controlled modeling of light evoke solitude and contemplation.

Travel has become an essential component of Davis's work, building on a long-standing tradition of travel photography, particularly from the nineteenth century. Evident in her minimal imagery is a reverence for the monuments she visits for their grace of form and for the extraordinary feats of their producers. Lynn Davis's photographs are accompanied by texts by Patti Smith and Rudolph Wurlitzer that contemplate the sheer beauty of Davis's photography and the context of travel in which they are produced.

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

This superb book of large-format photographs pays homage to the concept of "monument"Äboth as natural forms and ancient ruins of human creation. Collected here are ghostly photographs of icebergs sculpted by wind, atmospheric images of geysers, striking portrayals of rock formations, misty images of Niagara Falls, and pictures of the pyramids and the Meenakshi Temple. Each of the photographs is brilliantly executed, both technically and aesthetically, and the breadth of the photoessay is most impressive. The book as a whole is beautifully designed and printed, and the 60 plates are carefully reproduced on matte paper, giving the whole thing a touch of antique character. Gazing at these magnificent structures, now crumbling back into the earth, one is left with a sense of quiet dignity and wonder. A fine book by an outstanding photographer; highly recommended for public and academic libraries, especially libraries with substantial fine art photography collections.ÄRaymond Bial, Parkland Coll. Lib., Champaign, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Davis offers a photography exhibition in a book. The photographs are of sites in Jordan, Syria, Yemen, Egypt, Turkey, Ethiopia, Cambodia, Burma, India, Zimbabwe, Mali, Greenland, and Wyoming. There is little explanatory text, no bibliography, and no notes. There are 59 lovely photographs printed in large size (9.25 by 9.25 inches with a small white border all around the image, or a full-page 11.5 by 10.5-inch bleed image). The photographs isolate one human/historical or natural monument that is recorded in a transitional state of decay or geological change. The introduction poetically addresses the meaning of the images, and a one-page poem, "Monument," captures the feeling in words of what the images encapsulate. However, this is a book of images, not words. The only text on the verso side of a two-page spread is the name of the monument, its location, and the date. Images are printed in either a brown or bluish duotone on heavyweight, matte paper. The value of the book seems to be in its visual poetry through the medium of photography rather than an informative source of information. Readers who want a contemplative visual experience in a book will find it most interesting. All levels. C. Stroh; Western Michigan University