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In Waikiki, Henry Wessel photographed one of Honolulu's most famous neighborhoods, which had already become a crowded tourist destination when Wessel photographed there in the late 1970s and early 80s. 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. Published by Steidl, 2011.
Hardcover, 62pg. B&W
12" x 12"