Friday, March 18, 2011
A Distanced Land
But the other day I went out and joined Thom to get his haircut, already knowing that I'd be avoiding the barbershop. Instead, I found a local bookstore. The Great Overland Book Company. It's a wonderful shop full of priceless 1st editions and signed books. There are rare sets of series and books that aren't published anymore. I ended up finding John Pfahl's photography book, A Distanced Land and bought it for $16.00. Bargain.
Pfahl was born in New York and I have always admired his work since I had first seen it at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York. I later realized that he attended and taught at my undergraduate college, the Rochester Institute of Technology. His works are typically local and inspiring. He plays around a lot with space and dimension. He makes a power plant look beautiful.
The book and prints are exceptional, especially the paper. You can check out an artists work online as many times and as high a quality as you want but nothing will ever beat the feel and quality of a print or book in front of you. It's like comparing fast food to a homemade meal.