The Pond

John Gossage’s The Pond was considered groundbreaking when first published in 1985, and remains one of the most important photobooks of the medium. Consisting of photographs taken around and away from a pond situated in an unkempt wooded area at the edge of a city, the volume presents a considered foil to Henry Thoreau’s stay at Walden. The photo graphs in The Pond do not aspire to the “beauty” of classical landscapes in the tradition of Ansel Adams. Instead, they reveal a subtle vision of reality on the border between humankind and nature.

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