Vanden Brink’s ‘Iconic’ launch
Rockland — Down East Books invites the public for the book launch of Brian Vanden Brink's new monograph, “Iconic: Perspectives on the Man-Made World,” Friday, Sept. 28 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Farnsworth Art Museum. Vanden Brink will give a talk and slide presentation in the museum's auditorium followed by a reception with refreshments. The event is free to the public; for more information, call Wendy Kirklain at 596-6457.
Award-winning photographer Vanden Brink is keenly aware of how cultural changes bear out in the structures we build. A striking follow-up to his acclaimed “Ruin,” “Iconic: Perspectives on the Man-Made World” (Down East, August 2012, $65) represents more than 30 years of work. The theme of iconography runs throughout the book, as each structure presented is iconic either for its unique contribution to the field of architecture or for its cultural significance.
Vanden Brink has traveled the country widely and photographed in places from Coney Island to Cairo, Ill., and Las Vegas to Limestone. His subject range includes prison cells, grain silos, churches, hot-dog shacks and the ubiquitous empty stretch of road vanishing over the horizon. The photographs are paired with short captions explaining both the architectural importance and the image's personal meaning to Vanden Brink, who is passionately interested in American history and Americana.
Vanden Brink of Camden is one of the most sought after architectural photographers in the country. His work has been widely featured in such publications as Architectural Digest, Architectural Record, Metropolitan Home, Coastal Living, Cottage Living, The New York Times Magazine, Old House Journal, Custom Home, Yankee and Down East. His photographs also have been the subjects of four previous books, “At Home in Maine,” “At Home by the Sea,” “Porch” and the monograph “Ruin.”
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401 or firstname.lastname@example.org.