Thomas Joshua Cooper: Refuge
About The Publication
Terrie Sultan, with essays by David Scott Kastan and Michael Pinto
First published in 2019 by the Parrish Art Museum and DelMonico Books●Prestel
104 pages, $40.00
Thomas Joshua Cooper, one of the most celebrated and distinctive landscape photographers working today, explores the Eastern United States with a special focus on the East End of Long Island and the Hudson River.
Throughout his career, Thomas Joshua Cooper (American, born 1946) has focused on the landscape through the lens of historical and cultural geography and cartography. Working exclusively outdoors with an 1898 Agfa Ansco 5 x 7″ plate field camera, an instrument he acquired in 1968 and remains devoted to today, Cooper has established a unique aesthetic and philosophy. This collection features 22 images that Cooper made on the East End of Long Island and Shelter Island in 2016, juxtaposed with earlier works depicting sites along the Hudson River, Cape Cod, and Maine. Essays by Terrie Sultan and David Scott Kastan provide uniquely poetic insight into Cooper’s work, and an intimate, behind-the-scenes travelogue offers readers an understanding of how the artist researches, experiences, and captures the essence of the locations he photographs.