I also have a copy of "Uncommon Places, The Complete Works", however, most recently I have been dipping in and out of "American Surfaces":
This is a remarkable collection of what are essentially snapshots taking with a very basic camera and encompassing pretty much anything he saw that interested him. Many of the photographs are almost banal; insides of motel rooms, toilets, what he had for dinner that day, the building across the road. Individually the photographs have limited value, except perhaps as a record of a specific place at a specific time; collectively they paint a broad picture of the United States, the geography, the people that live there and the small details that make up the fabric of life. Taken between 1972 and 1973 on a prolonged road trip, they combine to create a collective landscape, a composite image of the United States.
This collection of photographs attests to the power of a photobook, and very much follows the tradition of Walker Evans and Robert Frank. As I struggle with my own selection of photographs to make up a 12 image submission for Assignment 1, I envy the freedom and creativity that a photobook offers. I do not, however, underestimate the challenge involved in sequencing and selection that underlies such a project. Perhaps I have chosen too broad a subject for this first assignment, but that is the bed I made and where I must lie.
The volume is not intended to be seen as landscape photography, I think most people would not consider it as such, but I see it very much as landscape - it is a description of a place and time using the medium of photography. That place is too large to capture with a single photograph, its' landscape must be built out of multiple images framing the diversity of place and people.