Meadowlands


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ISBN-13: 1000560

Photographs by Joshua Lutz
Text by Robert Sullivan

Photography / Environmentalism / New Jersey Studies
Hardcover
15.75 x 12.75 inches
108 pages
50 four-color photographs
ISBN: 978-1-57687-442-4

Photographs by Joshua Lutz Text by Robert Sullivan Photography / Environmentalism / New Jersey Studies Hardcover 15.75 x 12.75 inches 108 pages 50 four-color photographs ISBN: 978-1-57687-442-4

“Joshua Lutz takes the New Topographics of Adams, Shore, and Sternfeld into its current era of urban sprawl.”
—The New Yorker

Just two miles west of Manhattan lies the Meadowlands, a 32-square-mile stretch of sweeping wilderness that evokes morbid fantasies of Mafia hits and buried remains. Development has claimed two-thirds of the region, making way for scores of landfills, motels, and gas stations. The growth of poorly planned communities and the impending construction of Xanadu, a five million-square-foot entertainment and retail complex, threaten to change these lands forever.

Under the pretext of searching for Jimmy Hoffa, photographer Joshua Lutz began exploring these lonesome wetlands ten years ago; what started as a strict documentary project soon evolved into something else entirely. Meadowlands, Lutz’s first monograph, is a compelling portrait of this vast and stunning landscape, whose unspoiled area is quickly dwindling. The Meadowlands are a place of solitude, a place you pass through on your way somewhere more inviting—and yet, within it all resides a quiet beauty, a glimmer of hope, a hidden potential for renewal and rebirth.

Joshua Lutz received his MFA in photography from the International Center of Photography and Bard College in 2005. In 2004, he received Best Editorial awards from both Photo District News and Communication Arts, and was also named one of PDN’s top 30 emerging photographers. His work has been featured in The New Yorker, Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, ArtNews, and Time, and he has exhibited at the Art Directors Club and the International Center of Photography in New York.

Robert Sullivan is the author of such books as Rats: Observations on the History and Habitat of the City’s Most Unwanted Inhabitants and Cross Country: Fifteen Years and 90,000 Miles on the Roads and Interstates of America with Lewis and Clark, a Lot of Bad Motels, a Moving Van, Emily Post, Jack Kerouac, My Wife, My Mother-in-Law, Two Kids, and Enough Coffee to Kill an Elephant (Bloomsbury, 2004 and 2006). He was born in New York City and currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife and their two children.

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