In this two-volume set, two artists and two writers explore the concept of the “model city” through the lens of New Haven, Connecticut. The collaboration grew out of a 2013 joint residency at the Yale University Art Gallery by photographers Jim Goldberg and Donovan Wylie. In Candy, Goldberg, a New Haven native, uses Super 8 film stills, images of New Haven’s urban landscape, annotated Polaroid portraits, and collaged archival materials to create a photo-novel about the trajectory of 20th-century American cities. A Good and Spacious Land, with photographs by Irish-born Wylie, chronicles the changes to New Haven’s topography during the construction of a massive highway interchange, offering connections between a contemporary American interpretation of the “Promised Land” and the underlying biblical narrative. Each volume includes text by Christopher Klatell woven throughout the images and a concluding essay by Laura Wexler that reflects on the photographs’ symbolism, social import, and historical contexts. Candy/A Good and Spacious Land showcases two gifted and renowned photographers branching out in new formal, narrative, and conceptual directions.
2017 Best Photography Books of the Year, Photo-Eye magazine
Goldberg wants New Haven to be both his city and any city, and to accomplish that dual ambition he made pictures large and small, blurry and juicy with detail… . Wylie, a skilled technical photographer, makes striking, memorable images … a variation of Goldberg’s more personal accomplishment. —Nicholas Dawidoff, New Yorker
A handsomely designed box set … In focusing the contrast between soaring engineering structures and the travails of many citizens, these books help us to understand the city as it actually is.—Mick Gidley, Source: The Photographic Review
Goldberg’s “Candy” and Wylie’s “A Good and Spacious Land” bring two internationally renowned photographers together in New Haven … [A] beautiful set. —Michael Lee-Murphy, Connecticut Magazine
In fewer than 60 photographs, artists Jim Goldberg and Donovan Wylie weave a narrative of ambition and disillusion, breathtaking possibilities, astonishing progress and a pervasive sense of missing the mark. —Tracey O’Shaughnessy, Republican-American