Catalogue


The left coast [electronic resource] : California on the edge /
photos by Alex Fradkin + text by Philip L. Fradkin.
imprint
Berkeley : University of California Press, c2011.
description
x, 115 p., [82] p. of plates : ill. (chiefly col.), map ; 22 x 26 cm.
ISBN
0520255097 (pbk. : alk. paper), 9780520255098 (pbk. : alk. paper)
format(s)
Book
More Details
imprint
Berkeley : University of California Press, c2011.
isbn
0520255097 (pbk. : alk. paper)
9780520255098 (pbk. : alk. paper)
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
contents note
Coastal memories -- The wild coast -- The agricultural coast -- The residential coast -- The tourist coast -- The recreational coast -- The industrial coast -- The military coast -- The political coast.
catalogue key
8842731
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
Excerpts
Flap Copy
"It's not often that stunning photographs and powerful writing come together with equal force, but that is exactly what happens with The Left Coast. The team of Fradkin and Fradkin has created a book that shares their distinct visions of the California coast. Their collaboration forms a compelling journey equally strong in words and images." Mark Klett, School of Art, Arizona State University "These photos are beautiful, surprising and thoughtful. By visualizing the coast as a whole, this book helps us think bioregionally, and such large-scale thinking will, hopefully contribute to the coast's preservation." Robert Dawson, co-author of The Great Central Valley: California's Heartland
Flap Copy
"It's not often that stunning photographs and powerful writing come together with equal force, but that is exactly what happens with The Left Coast. The team of Fradkin and Fradkin has created a book that shares their distinct visions of the California coast. Their collaboration forms a compelling journey equally strong in words and images." -Mark Klett, School of Art, Arizona State University "Early last century, writer-photographer J. Smeaton Chase and literary landscapist Mary Austin made pilgrimages along the pristine shores of California. A father-son team now makes the same journey with notebook and camera to document what a century of development has wrought. The result is a fascinating and unique portrayal of the California coast."- Kevin Starr, University of Southern California "These photos are beautiful, surprising and thoughtful. By visualizing the coast as a whole, this book helps us think bioregionally, and such large-scale thinking will, hopefully contribute to the coast's preservation." -Robert Dawson, co-author of The Great Central Valley: California's Heartland
Reviews
Review Quotes
"The contrast between the ocean's nothingness and civilization's muchness is captured by the photographs of Alex L. Fradkin"-- Wall Street Journal
"This handsome book includes dozens of color plates of California's famous beaches. . . . [The] photographs are technically superb, lyrical, and often haunting."
"The author wields a pen, memories of the past, and keen interviewing skills, while the artist presents breathtaking color photographs that capture the coast's magic. . . . Visitors to the Golden State could easily skip conventional guidebooks and keep The Left Coast handy for a thorough and engaging tour."-- Foreword
"The contrast between the ocean's nothingness and civilization's muchness is captured by the photographs of Alex L. Fradkin"
"It is, at once, a memoir, a work of investigative journalism, and a portfolio of fine art, all of which is sharply focused on the California shoreline."
"It is, at once, a memoir, a work of investigative journalism, and a portfolio of fine art, all of which is sharply focused on the California shoreline."-- Jewish Journal
"The author wields a pen, memories of the past, and keen interviewing skills, while the artist presents breathtaking color photographs that capture the coast's magic. . . . Visitors to the Golden State could easily skip conventional guidebooks and keep The Left Coast handy for a thorough and engaging tour."
"Fradkin senior seamlessly weaves together a meaningful tapestry of the history of these regions. . . . Visitors to the Golden State could easily skip conventional guidebooks and keep The Left Coast handy for a thorough and engaging tour."-- Foreword
"Intertwines history, geology, memories, and anecdotes in flowing, poetic text that meanders through time."
"Intertwines history, geology, memories, and anecdotes in flowing, poetic text that meanders through time."-- Publishers Weekly
"An endearing but honest look at California's coast . . . . 'The Left Coast' is well-illustrated, thoughtful, and detailed enough to serve as a guidebook."
"An endearing but honest look at California's coast . . . . 'The Left Coast' is well-illustrated, thoughtful, and detailed enough to serve as a guidebook."-- North County Times
"Fascinating, unpredictable and affecting. Alex Fradkin's photographs also defy expectations, rendering familiar places and situations from novel and challenging perspectives."
"A good introduction. Hopefully this body of work will go on tour to major venues on the coast."
"A good introduction. Hopefully this body of work will go on tour to major venues on the coast."-- Artswell
"Alex Fradkin's photographs are at times surreal and at times gritty. . . .while Philip Fradkin's narrative weaves in and out, breaking down the coast into manageable chunks."
"Alex Fradkin's photographs are at times surreal and at times gritty. . . .while Philip Fradkin's narrative weaves in and out, breaking down the coast into manageable chunks."-- Sf Weekly
This item was reviewed in:
ForeWord Magazine, April 2011
PW Annex Reviews, July 2011
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Summaries
Main Description
Philip L. Fradkin, one of California's most acclaimed environmental historians, felt drawn to the coast as soon as he arrived in California in 1960. His first book, California: The Golden Coast , captured the wonder of the shoreline's natural beauty along with the controversies it engendered. In The Left Coast , the author and his photographer son Alex Fradkin revisit some of the same places they explored together in the early 1970s. From their written and visual approaches, this father-son team brings a unique generational perspective to the subject. Mixing history, geography, interviews, personal experiences, and photographs, they find a wealth of stories and memorable sights in the multiplicity of landscapes, defined by them as the Wild, Agricultural, Residential, Tourist, Recreational, Industrial, Military, and Political coasts. Alex Fradkin's expressive photographs add a layer of meaning, enriching the subject with their distinctive eloquence while bringing a visual dimension to his father's words. In this way, the book becomes the story of a close relationship within a probing study of a varied and contested coastline.
Main Description
Philip L. Fradkin, one of California's most acclaimed environmental historians, felt drawn to the coast as soon as he arrived in California in 1960. His first book,California: The Golden Coast, captured the wonder of the shoreline's natural beauty along with the controversies it engendered. InThe Left Coast, the author and his photographer son Alex Fradkin revisit some of the same places they explored together in the early 1970s. From their written and visual approaches, this father-son team brings a unique generational perspective to the subject. Mixing history, geography, interviews, personal experiences, and photographs, they find a wealth of stories and memorable sights in the multiplicity of landscapes, defined by them as the Wild, Agricultural, Residential, Tourist, Recreational, Industrial, Military, and Political coasts. Alex Fradkin's expressive photographs add a layer of meaning, enriching the subject with their distinctive eloquence while bringing a visual dimension to his father's words. In this way, the book becomes the story of a close relationship within a probing study of a varied and contested coastline.
Bowker Data Service Summary
Phlilip L. Fradkin felt drawn to the coast as soon as he arrived in California in the 1960s. In 'The Left Coast', the author and his photographer son, Alex L. Fradkin, revisit some of the places they explored together in the early 1970s.
Table of Contents
Prologue
Coastal Memories
The Wild Coast
The Agricultural Coast
The Residential Coast
The Tourist Coast
The Recreational Coast
The Industrial Coast
The Military Coast
The Political Coast
Photographer's Afterword
Acknowledgments
Notes
Suggested Reading
Index
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