Art Can Help offers a series of essays on the purpose of art and the responsibility of the artist, by the internationally renowned American photographer, Robert Adams. After the introduction, two short essays follow on the works of the American painter Edward Hopper, which Adams values highly. The rest of the book discusses images of selected artists in texts, half of which have never been published before.
Richard Adams focuses on images by photographers such as Julia Margaret Cameron, Emmet Gowin, Dorothea Lange, Abelardo Morell, Edward Ranney, Judith Joy Ross, John Szarkowski and Garry Winogrand.
In particular, Adams advocates art that evokes beauty without irony or sentimentality, art that "encourages gratitude and engagement and has both personal and civic consequence".
Adams' voice is at once intimate and accessible after a long career devoted to making and seeing art. With this book, he seeks to fight for art - which fights against disillusionment and despair.
Dimensions: H: 21 x W: 14.2 cm, paperback
Author: Robert Adams
Publisher: Yale University Press