Beyond the Dunes: A Portrait of the Hamptons

Beyond the Dunes: A Portrait of the Hamptons

by Jake Rajs Introduction by Paul Goldberger
The Monacelli Press, July 17th, 2008

Paul Goldberger’s long essay entitled “Long Island’s South Fork” serves as the text for a magnificent collection of photographs by Jake Rajs which contrast the old with the new, playing off the delicate subtleties of this unique seaside landscape against the pressures of development. “In many ways the South Fork has held its own rather better than its residents and its natives often give it credit for doing,” he writes. “It isn’t that all is well, or that the next generation will not have an even more difficult timekeeping the place intact than the last generation has. But if you visited the South Fork now for the first time, with no memory of how it was ten or twenty or thirty years ago, I suspect your first reaction would not be how ruined it is, but how wonderful it is. The essence of the place, the extraordinary way in which the sea meets the land and yields a whole range of precious landscapes, remains.”

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