Waikiki by Henry Wessel

by Henry Wessel

25 pages
Tritone Illustrations / 11 ½
x 11 ½in.
Steidl, 2011

Publisher’s Description: 

Waikiki, one of Honolulu’s most famous neighbourhoods, had already become a crowded tourist destination when Wessel photographed there in the late seventies and early eighties. This book contains Wessel’s edit of these pictures and is a record of American leisure at this time: of surf, sand and inexhaustible pleasure-seekers. Yet Wessel equally explores the contradictions of Waikiki – concrete hotels invading pristine beaches, culture encroaching on nature. Despite all the fun in the sun, Wessel’s subjects are often distanced and dissatisfied, suggesting an underlying unease. his previous work, but his style, his understated humour and often absurd subject matter are still unmistakable.

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