Field Guide

Field Guide, 4"x6",168 pp., 2002

Field Guide, 4″x6″,168 pp., 2002

From 1992 to 2002, I assembled this field guide to North American TV antennas. With sections devoted to antennas observed in Chicago, San Diego, Los Angeles, and elsewhere, the photographs in this book record the vast proliferation of different designs. Each antenna was briefly the best that high technology had to offer; but the finest, truly excellent reception was always just a little further around the corner. The antennas that linger in the landscape are, for the most part, abandoned. When we all switched to cable, it was too much trouble to take them down. Because of this, Field Guide is a kind of above-ground archaeology. The book includes an essay by critic and curator Eric Fredericksen.

See some images from Field Guide here.