Home Search Exhibits Intro FAQs

Work >>Edition(s) >>Object(s) >>Images


Production Narrative

by T. Shaw

The photographs of this book probably span from the 1970's through the mid 1980's and a small, silver-gelatin edition were most likely printed in the artist's personal darkroom. 300 line Duotones from the negatives were made and printed by Brad Freeman at the Visual Studies Workshop Press, Rocheste, New York

Critical Analysis

by T. Shaw

Design Features

typographic: Photographs of vernacular typography is present through spray-painted graffiti, stencils, handmade and printed signage

imagery: Lyons' signature dark graininess is present as well as his "effortless" compositional form referencing snapshots

graphical: The design is straightforward, one black-and-white photograph per page, in the center (with bottom weighted) on a white paper background

openings: Each spread contains two facing photographs and is consistent throughout

turnings: Consistent throughout

development: Visual modality though utilizing verbal findings in each photograph

sequence: Lyons works with sequential structures so photographs will lead thematically and visually into the next utilizing a visual flow or sometimes making references to previous photographs providing circular structures

intratextual: The largely human-made elements presented are subtly commented on two distinct instances through the somewhat subversive use of the natural landscape including the book's conclusion

Critical Discussion

This book is unique in its perspective on nature, time, individual and civic virtue, all of which are commented on with a great deal of dry wit and humor

Detailed Analysis

General Comments


Verbal Landscape/Dinosaur Sat Down


Nathan Lyons

type: initiating


born: United States
citizenship: United States
active: United States

birth: 1930-01-10

note: []

Albright-Knox Art Gallery

type: initiating


CEPA Gallery

type: initiating


Publication Information

edition type: editioned

publisher: Albright-Knox Art Gallery and CEPA Gallery

place: Buffalo, New York and Rochester, New York

production: 1987-05-00

edition size: 2,000

note: The edition was printed at the Visual Studies Workshop Press by Brad Freeman [T. Shaw]


vertical: 8.75 inches closed

horizontal: 8 inches closed

Production Information

production means:
offset (local)

binding: saddle stitching (AAT)

bookBlock: paper LOE Dull text

ink (local)

other materials: None


general description:

format: pamphlet (AAT)

cover: Paper

color: no

devices: none


pagination: unpaginated 32 pages

numbered?: unnumbered

signed?: unsigned


2,000 copies of this book were printed on 80# LOE Dull text and cover by the Visual Studies Workshop Press, Rochester, New York, May 1987. The 300 line duotones were made by Brad Freeman