Joe Deal


Joe Deal
From the Beach Cities Series,
Corona Del Mar,
1978
gelatin silver print
Courtesy of the Photographer
14"x11"


Joe Deal's photographs from his Beach Cities Series are a description of the order of man's incursion and inclusion in the landscape. Sparsely peopled, the views are about structure and humankind's conceptual and physical relationship to it. The non judgmental topographical view of this often geometric societal construct reveals the nature of humankind and often details the intent of the species.

The two houses that sit side by side in Corona Del Mar form a partnership at the gates between. Gates where the access to the steps to the beach below is blocked by the ad hoc barrier of two trash cans. There is no attribution for the placement of the barrier. It is seen perhaps as the product of a neighborly agreement and the issue of blocked access, most commonly attributed to governmental agencies or large private industry is instead seen as an individual practice, sanctioned perhaps by singular self interest.

Joe Deal
From the Beach Cities Series,
Zuma Beach,
1978
gelatin silver print
Courtesy of the Photographer
14"x11"


Joe Deal
From the Beach Cities Series,
Laguna Beach,
1978
gelatin silver print
Courtesy of the Photographer
14"x11"


Joe Deal
From the Beach Cities Series,
Sunset Beach,
1978
gelatin silver print
Courtesy of the Photographer
14"x11"


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