Forgotten Planes has been published as a book of the same name, and it is available from the Museum of the Southwest in Midland (email email@example.com to order). The collection has been permanently installed in the offices of Tim Leach, who commissioned the series. He is CEO of Concho Resources, an oil exploration company in Midland, Texas.
My friend Henk Van Assen, who heads the undergraduate graphic design program at Yale, has designed the book.
The book is also available at Amazon.
Mark Smith, past co-owner of Flatbed Press in Austin, TX, wrote this in the book:
"A musical metaphor fits Pritzker's works, but so does an architectural one, for he builds very sturdy compositions. A sculptural metaphor works too, for his forms have mass and monumentality. So does a poetic one, for his works are nothing if not poetic. But my preferred metaphor for this artist's creations is an alchemical one. True alchemists go beyond the impossible chemistry of turning lead into gold; they press toward nothing less than the ultimate enlightenment of humankind. That may sound overblown in the context of our present culture, but historically that was the goal of a philosophical alchemist. In alchemy and other occult systems, this is known as "The Work."
"Pritzker transforms the most base of objects—a bull, an oil tank, a steel pipe—into something visually sublime, but a good poet like Billy Collins can also do that. It takes an advanced alchemist to do what Pritzker does. He draws the outer world in through his lens and into the laboratory of his camera, and there he heats it with the flame of his imagination. His enterprise is at once both gentle and profoundly aggressive, in that he transforms his subject into something else, something that has an ineffable power to levitate our spirit. That is why looking at his images can shock and inspire us; we have never before seen anything like them."
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