Waikiki, one of Honolulu’s most famous neighbourhoods, had already become a crowded tourist destination whennWessel photographed there in the late seventies and early eighties. This book contains Wessel’s edit of these picturesnand is a record of American leisure at this time: of surf, sand and inexhaustible pleasure-seekers. Yet Wessel equallynexplores the contradictions of Waikiki – concrete hotels invading pristine beaches, culture encroaching on nature.nDespite all the fun in the sun, Wessel’s subjects are often distanced and dissatisfied, suggesting an underlying unease.nBorn in New Jersey in 1942, Henry Wessel has been awarded two Guggenheim fellowships and three fellowships fromnthe National Endowment for the Arts. His work is held in the permanent collections of major American, European andnAsian museums. Wessel has exhibition extensively, including solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in New Yorknand the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.
Size: 30 x 30 cm, 62 pages
Binding: hardcover (library linen)
Publisher: Steidl, 2011