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The Heights: Matthew Porter's Photographs of Flying Cars

The Heights: Matthew Porter's Photographs of Flying Cars

I was inspired by the way a car can steal the show. Think of iconic car chases in films- it's often about spectacle, and has little to do with advancing a narrative. And that's the way I think of these cars, as dead-end technologies, but also as high-performance machines which, f... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781597114578
Barcode 9781597114578
Published 15 June 2019 by Misc - Alliance Distribution
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) Photographs by Porter, Matthew
Text by Kushner, Rachel
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ISBN-13 9781597114578
ISBN-10 159711457X
Stock Available
Status Available for pre-order, ships once released
Publisher Misc - Alliance Distribution
Imprint Aperture
Publication Date 15 June 2019
International Publication Date 15 April 2019
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) Photographs by Porter, Matthew
Text by Kushner, Rachel
Category Individual Photographers
Number of Pages 56
Dimensions Width: 273mm
Height: 305mm
Weight 510g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Muscle cars - Pictorial works - United States, Photography of automobiles, Photography, Artistic
NBS Text Photography
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 779.9629222092
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

I was inspired by the way a car can steal the show. Think of iconic car chases in films- it's often about spectacle, and has little to do with advancing a narrative. And that's the way I think of these cars, as dead-end technologies, but also as high-performance machines which, for their audience, sought to reflect the spirit and attitudes of their time. -Matthew Porter Matthew Porter presents a portfolio of twenty-five images of old-school cars, captured in midair as they careen over city streets and highway intersections. Each photograph is a freeze-frame-a hypothetical film still from a pulp-fiction chase scene. The series seems, on one hand, to distill the essence of muscle-car Americana, a pop-cultural semaphore for the high-testosterone male persona. And yet, on the other, the subject-the all-American muscle car as antihero-is caught in an eternal state of suspended animation, while the various elements of the landscape in the background organize themselves around the edges of the frame. The resulting pictures are a hybrid of hyperreality and studied, topographic description, part bittersweet nostalgia and part ironic reinvention of a classic American trope.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 1 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Matthew Porter (born in State College, Pennsylvania, 1975) is a graduate of Bard College and of the ICP-Bard MFA Program in Advanced Photographic Studies, New York. His work was included in Photography Is Magic (Aperture, 2015), and his first book, Archipelago, was published in 2015. Porter's work is represented by M+B, Los Angeles, and Invisible-Exports, New York. He lives and works in Brooklyn. Rachel Kushner's debut novel, Telex from Cuba, was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, winner of the California Book Award, and a New York Times bestseller and Notable Book. Her book The Flamethrowers received rave reviews across the country, and she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2013; her latest novel is The Mars Room (2018). Kushner's fiction and essays have appeared in the New York Times, Paris Review, Believer, Artforum, Bookforum, Cabinet, and Grand Street. She lives in Los Angeles.

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