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Abbott, Ashley & Allen Cobert
Creative Figure Photography
Philadelphia: Chilton Company, 1960. 111 pages; over 87 b&w photos; 5 x 8 inches. Out of Print. Red cloth-bound hardback with black lettering with a dust jacket. Near Fine in a Very Good plus dj with light soiling, light wear at edges, and a small abrasion on the front. $45.00
A how-to-photograph nudes book, #459 of the Modern Camera Guide Series, with advice for amateurs as well as professionals. Includes photos of Gloria Paul AKA Voluptua, Bettie Page, and more.
Beaton in the Sixties: The Cecil Beaton Diaries As He Wrote Them, 1965-1969
Introduction by Hugo Vickers. Knopf, 2004. First American Edition. 544 pages; 41 b&w photos; 6.5 x 9.5 inches. Hardcover with dust jacket. Fine with a barely visible short tear on the back cover along the hinge in a Near Fine dj with a couple of spots of wear. $18.50
The second volume of Beaton's unexpurgated diaries catches the photographer, artist, writer and designer at the height of his powers and at the center of everything. Vickers went back to the original manuscripts to find the unedited material in order to sidestep Beaton's endless retouching and has added fascinating notes that are as lively as the diary entries themselves.
Hans Bellmer: The Doll
Tokyo: Treville/Libro Port, 1995. Unpaginated (96 pages); 64 full-page color and duo-toned photographic plates; 6 x 8.5 inches. Text in Japanese. Out of Print. Hardback, no dj as issued. Fine. $150.00
Published only in Japan, this book reproduces all of the hand-colored and b&w photographic images of "La Poupee", Bellmer's disturbing, articulated and disjointed mannequins.
E.J. Bellocq: Storyville Portraits Photographs from the New Orleans Red-Light District, Circa 1912
Prints & preface by Lee Friedlander; Text by John Szarkowski. New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1970. Fourth printing, 1979. 33 tritoned photographic plates; 9.75 x 11.25 inches. SIGNED BY SZARKOWSKI. Cloth covered hardback. Fine in Near Fine Dust Jacket. $300.00
Portraits of New Orleans prostitutes circa 1912.
Drosscape: Wasting Land in Urban America
Photographs, maps and text by Alan Berger; postscript by Lars Lerup. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2006. 256 pages; 158 mostly full-page color aerial photographic plates and full-page map/graphics; 7.5 x 11 inches. Hardback, no dj as issued. Fine except for a moderately-severe bump to the crown of the spine and bumps to the tips. $24.50
Lured by liability reductions, tax incentives, and inadequate public awareness, corporate America has begun a stealth relocation of industrial facilities from the inner city to the urban peripherary and to reuse old toxic waste sites while creating new ones for us to clean up--places Berger has coined drosscapes. Ten cities and their drosscapes are analyzed through aerial photography, maps, charts, and graphs.
Boas, Gary Lee
Starstruck: Photographs from a Fan
Photographs by Gary Lee Boas; foreword by Michel Musto; essay by Carlo McCormick. Los Angeles: Dilettante Press, 1999. 300 pages; 280 color photos; 8.5 x 8.25 inches. SIGNED BY BOAS on the title page. Out of Print. Flex-i-board covers. Near Fine. A couple of pages have light rub-off from the adjoining page. $85.00
Starting in 1966 at the age of fifteen, Boas would wait outside theaters, parties, and restaurants in hopes of photographing famous people. With his Instamatic he captured everyone from silver-screen goddesses and Broadway legends to forgotten local beauty queens, rock stars and politicians, porn stars and the Pope. This collection of "outsider" art photographs and stories by one of the most obsessively devoted fans of our time, date from 1966 to 1980. Parr & Badger, The Photobook Vol. 2, p.311.
Drive-By Shootings: Photographs by a New York Taxi Driver
Photographs by David Bradford; text by Gerhard Waldherr; introduction by Verlyn Klinkenborg. Konigswinter, Germany: Konemann/Tandem Verlag, 2005. 496 pages; 700 b&w photographs; 6 x 8.5 inches. Text in English, German and French. Out of Print. Hardcover with dust jacket. Fine with a couple of lightly bumped tips in a Fine dj. $29.50
After abandoning a career as an art director for Saks Fifth Ave, Bradford decided to work as a taxi driver on the streets of NYC. For ten years he had his camera with him every day of the year. Several exhibitions and magazine spreads later, this monograph of his harsh and poetic 'sketches' of the Metropolis was published.
The Picture Man: Photographs by Paul Buchanan
Photographs by Paul Buchanan; edited by Ann Hawthorne; introduction by Bruce Morton. Chapel Hill, NC: Uiversity of North Carolina Press, 1993. 126 pages; 102 full-page b&w photographic plates; 5.75 x 8.25 inches. Interview with Buchanan. Out of Print. Cloth bound hardback in dust jacket. Fine in a Fine dj. $45.00
Buchanan (ca. 1910-1987) was an itinerant photographer who wandered four NC mountain counties from 1920 until about 1951. These photographs are posed pictures, but the subjects did the posing. They chose what to wear and how to stand. In Buchanan's pictures, then, we have a pure record, a portrait of the people as they saw themselves.
Faces: Nancy Burson
Photographs by Nancy Burson; essay by Lynn M. Herbert. Houston: Contemporary Arts Museum, 1992. 60 pages; 34 full-page, b&w, duo-toned, varnished or color photographic plates; 6.75 x 7.75 inches. Selected exhibitions. Selected bibliography. SIGNED BY BURSON and inscribed in silver ink to the FFEP. Out of Print. Cloth bound hardback, no dj as issued. Near Fine. $175.00
This volume contains a selection of Burson's computer-generated composite portraits and her photographs of children with cranio-facial disorders. It was issued on the occasion of a 1992-1993 traveling exhibition. The plates are reproduced from silver gelatin prints, Polaroid Polacolor ER prints, photo-lithographs on silk, and daguerreotypes. This book preceded the Twin Palms book of the same name.
Photographs by Nancy Burson; text by Jeanne McDermott. Santa Fe: Twin Palms, 1993. 72 pages; 45 b&w sheet-fed gravure photographic plates; 8 x 8 inches. From an edition limited to 3000 copies. SIGNED BY BURSON and inscribed in silver ink on the black FFEP. Cloth bound hardback in dust jacket. Fine except for light scuffing to the front pastedown and FFEP and the remains of a sticker to the FFEP in a Fine dj. $125.00
Burson spent several years photographing children with cranio-facial disorders. She used a Diana camera with a plastic lens which imparted an "ethereal and almost spiritual quality" to her subjects. A unique documentary project, intimate and affectionate.
Caffery, Debbie Fleming
Debbie Fleming Caffery Photographies/Collection L'Oiseau Rare
Photographs by Debbie Fleming Caffery; text by Gabriel Bauret; preface by Alain Desvergnes. Paris: Filigranes Editions, 2000. Unpaginated (64 pages); 41 duotoned b&w full-page photographic plates; 5.25 x 6.75 inches. Text in French. SIGNED BY CAFFERY. Stiff wraps with French folds. Fine. $39.50
A nice volume, the third in the series Collection L'Oiseau Rare, with numerous images that have rarely been seen before.
Paris: Editions de l'Etoile, 1984. 108 pages; b&w photographs throughout; 7 x 8.25 inches. Text in French. INSCRIBED BY CALLE on the endpaper to Richard Bellamy. Opposite, on the inside front cover, is a typed sticker with the address and phone number of Bellamy's Oil & Steel Gallery. Out of Print. Trade paperback with sewn signatures and French folds in a dust jacket. The book has been bumped at the center of the spine with a corresponding tear, and creasing to both book and dj. Otherwise, Near Fine with light toning around the edges and light wear at the extremes in a Very Good dj with light wear at the edges. $1,150.00
Calle's controversial artist's book is the result of three weeks spent working as a chambermaid in a hotel in Venice in 1981. She tried to construct a narrative of the lives of the guests by examining, itemizing and photographing their personal belongings and the condition the room was left in. The book contains her observations in the form of a surveillance log accompanied by her photographs. Bellamy was one of Calle's early American supporters. Very SCARCE.
Meditations in Light
The Morris Press, nd (1996). Unpaginated (36 pages); 22 tritoned b&w, full-page photographic plates; 8.25 x 6.75 inches. From an edition limited to 3000 copies. SIGNED BY CAPONIGRO on the FFEP. Out of Print. Hardback, no dj as issued. Near Fine with light soiling. One plate has a printer's error where a small, light part of another image has offset. $85.00
Landscape photographs from around the world with poetry excerpts by Ovid, Dillard, Laotzu, et al. The majority of these images had never been published before, and range in date from 1966 to 1995.
The New England Scene: A Camera Portrait by Samuel Chamberlain
New York: Hastings House, 1965. Unpaginated (192 pages); 180 full-page, gravure-printed b&w photographic plates; 6 x 8 inches. Out of Print. Cloth bound hardback with dust jacket. Near Fine with very light wear at the edges. The dj has been exposed to moisture with some light staining and light foxing otherwise Very Good with light rubbing, a couple of closed tears and fading to the spine. $17.50
Beautifully printed, gorgeous photographs of classic New England architecture and landscapes by the photographer-laureate of the region. The best images from ten years of his famous New England Engagement Calendar.
Clay, Maude Schuyler
Photographer by Maude Schuyler Clay; introduction by Lewis Nordan. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 1999. 96 pages; 64 full-page duotoned b&w photographic plates plus 3 text illustrations; 10.75 x 9.25 inches. Hardcover with dust jacket. Fine in a Fine semi-opaque printed vellum dj. $29.50
The Mississippi Delta landscape, by a native Mississippian, taken between 1993 and 1998.
Cuba 100 Anos de Fotografia: Antologia de la Fotografia Cubana 1898-1998
J.M.Diaz Burgos, Mario Diaz Leyva and Paco Salinas - Editors; texts by Miguel Castro Muniz and Jorge Oller Oller. Murcia, Spain: Mestizo A.C., 1998. Second printing (2000.) 190 pages; 91 full-page b&w photographic plates; 9.5 x 11.5 inches. Text in English and Spanish. Out of Print. Oversized trade paperback with French folds. Near Fine minus with light bumps to tips and some light wear. $55.00
A collection of photography from Cuba covering the past 100 years. Covers the whole range of the medium from reportage to portraits to nudes.
Duncan, David Douglas
The Fragile Miracle of Martin Gray
New York: Abbeville Press, 1979. 96 pages; 74 b&w photographic plates, most full-spread or full-page; 6.5 x 8.5 inches. SIGNED BY DUNCAN and inscribed to Howard Chapnick: "For Howard-/You once expressed/admiration/for/Martin../here are my reasons, too-/David/-your old nomadic friend-/June/1987/NY/NY." Out of Print. Cloth bound hardback in dust jacket. Near Fine with light bumps to two tips in a Near Fine dj. $65.00
The story of Martin Gray, a man who found, within himself, the source of hope and a new life--after twice losing the lives and love of his own two families. Chapnick worked with and eventually owned the photo-agency Black Star, from 1940 till his death in 1996. He was a writer, teacher and mentor to many famous photojournalists.
The Eye of Eisenstaedt: Life Photographer
With Arthur Goldsmith. London: Thames & Hudson, 1969. 199 pages; 140 full-page duotoned b&w and 12 color photographic plates; 6 x 8.5 inches. Out of Print. Cloth bound hardback lacking dj. Very Good with light overall wear. $17.50
Eisenstaedt talks about how he made some of his great images, his ideas about photography, what he considers makes a good photo, and what technical advice he would offer to aspiring photographers.
Arthur Elgort's Models Manual
Grand Street Press/Distributed Art Publishers, 1993. 384 pages; 562 color and b&w photos; 6.5 x 8.25 inches. Out of Print. Trade paperback. Very Good with light wear, light creasing at the spine a light crease to a tip at the back. $34.50
Highly visual, super-model studded photography book of life in front of the camera and behind the scenes. Packed with photos of and commentary from Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, Sharon Stone, Christy Turlington, Paulina Porizkova, et al. Nudes.
Photographers, Writers, and the American Scene: Visions of Passage
Preface by Arthur Ollman; contributions by Greg Glazner and Lynda Rodolitz. Santa Fe & San Diego: Arena Editions/Museum of Photographic Arts, 2002. 339 pages including four gatefolds; 80 color and 82 duotoned b&w photographic plates plus 50 b&w text illustrations; 10 x 11.5 inches. Illustrated biographies. SIGNED BY ENYEART on the title page. Out of Print. Hardcover with dust jacket. Fine in a Fine dj. $65.00
The result a five-year commission of 50 photographers and writers, the images and words in this book reflect American life at the close of the 20th century. They focus on family, community, tradition, ritual, and spirituality. Among the 35 photographers represented are Bruce Davidson, Lee Friedlander, Fazal Sheikh, William Christenberry, Susan Meiselas, Mary Ellen Mark, Larry Fink, Stephen Shore and Joel Sternfeld.
War Stories: Reporting in the Time of Conflict From the Crimea to Iraq
Boston & London: Bunker Hill Publishing/The Freedom Forum Newseum, 2003. 96 pages; b&w and color photos throughout; 6.25 x 6.25 inches. SIGNED BY EVANS, inscribed and dated in the year of publication. Hardback, no dust jacket as issued. Fine. $21.50
This volume contains war correspondent's stories, from the very first reports from the Crimean War in 1853 to the Second Gulf War in 2003. Through the notebooks, photographs, headlines, wires, telegrams, and satellite uplinks, Evans describes the times in which these men and women worked, and the means through which--sometimes at the cost of their own lives--they retold the most immediate stories of war.
Ewing, William A.
Dance and Photography
New York: Henry Holt and Co., 1987. First American edition. 240 pages; 208 b&w photographic plates plus text illustrations; 10.5 x 13 inches. Out of Print. Cloth covered hardback with dust jacket. Fine in Very Good dj with light soiling and shelfwear. $39.50
Dance and Photography captures the history of dance photography from daguerreotype to the present. Photographers include Brassai, Beaton, Man Ray, Brandt, Evans, Fink, Jacobi, and others.
Miuccia Prada; Patrizio Bertelli; Michael Rock; Sung Joong Kim. Milan: Progetto Prada Arte, 2009. 704 pages; thousands of color photographs; 9.5 x 12.5 inches. Hardback in Slipcase in publisher's clamshell box. AS NEW. $100.00
This book documents three decades of fashion, architecture, film and art by the Prada company, including the work of the design studio and the workshop; extensive creative partnerships with photographers, designers, architects and film directors; and large scale architectural commissions. Among the features are a photo-essay by Brigitte Lacombe, an overview of all of Prada's collections with thumbnail pictures of 3,885 different "looks," store designs by Rem Koolhaas and Herzog & de Meuron, and a film collaboration with Ridley Scott. Photos by Andreas Gursky, Todd Eberle, Steven Meisel, et al.
Frank, Robert & Leonard Freed
The Portable Lower East Side Vol. 6, No. 1, 1989
Edited by Kurt Hollander. New York: The Portable Lower East Side, 1989. 169 pages; 8 full-page b&w photographic plates; 5.5 x 7 inches. Out of Print. Trade paperback. Near Fine minus with light soiling to the white wraps and light toning to the spine. $19.50
Short prose by Hubert Huncke, Lynne Tillman, Neil Smith, Eduardo Mendoza, George Konrad, Yan Li, Rosalie Smith, et al; poetry by Allen Ginsberg, Meena Alexander, Jack Agueros, Ron Kolm, Marithelma Costa, et al; photography by Robert Frank and Leonard Freed.
Four Friends: Eric Fischl, Ralph Gibson, April Gornik, Bryan Hunt
Photographs by Ralph Gibson; artwork by Eric Fischl, April Gornik & Bryan Hunt; essay by Bruce W. Ferguson; introduction by Barry A. Rosenberg. Raymond W. Merritt, 1993. Unpaginated; 15 full-page color plates plus 15 b&w photos; 5.5 x 8 inches. Chronology of the lives of the four artists. Photos from a trip the four made together to Egypt. Out of Print. Trade paperback. Back cover has glue and sticker-remains and about 2 inch square loss to the image. Rub-off to the first and last page and a stamp to the top and edge of the text block. Otherwise very good. $18.50
Catalog for a traveling exhibit of the four artists' work, sponsored by The Murray and Isabella Rayburn Foundation.
Black Stones Red Pools: Dumfriesshire Winter 1994-5
London & NYC: Pro Arte Foundation/Michael Hue-Williams Fine Art/Galerie Lelong, 1995. Unpaginated (60 pages); 24 full-page color plates; 8.5 x 8.5 inches. Out of Print. Cloth-bound hardback, no dj as issued. Near Fine. $55.00
Environmental sculptor and photographer Andy Goldsworthy creates natural sculptures with elements which occur in the environment, photographing them before they return to the earth. This body of work involves covering large rocks with black peat and dyeing pools of water red. Hauntingly beautiful landscape photographs with an arresting and otherworldly quality.
A1: The Great North Road
Photographs by Paul Graham; foreword by Rupert Martin. Bristol, UK: Grey Editions (Self-published), 1983. Unpaginated (96 pages); 41 full-page color photographic plates; 11 x 8.5 inches. From an edition limited to 2500 copies. SIGNED BY GRAHAM on the half title. Out of Print. Oversized trade paperback. Near Fine with light wear at the tips. Bottom back tip has a light crease at the corner. $1,350.00
The A1 was the first major road to run the entire length of England. In the late 1950s, with the completion of the faster and more efficient motorway system, the A1 began to atrophy and decay. Graham spent two years completing this documentary on the life and landscape of what had been known as the "Great North Road." These photographs build not only into a significant documentary of the A1, but also weave a picture of England in the 1980s. This is the first of the three books of Graham's work that redefined the European approach to documentary photography. Very influential and very scarce.
Troubled Land: The Social Landscape of Northern Ireland
Photographs by Paul Graham; essays by Declan McGonagle and Gerry Badger. London: Grey Editions/Cornerhouse Publications (Self-published), 1987. Unpaginated (80 pages); 33 full-page color photographic plates; 12 x 9 inches. SIGNED BY GRAHAM on the half title. Out of Print. Oversized trade paperback. Near Fine with very light shelf wear and light wear at tips. Very slight toning around the edges. $1,150.00
Troubled Land deals with the small but insistent signs of deep political division within the landscape of Northern Ireland at the time of the "troubles." Avoiding both cliches of sensationalist urban mayhem, or escapist rural idyll, the images flow from inner city through the fringe towns and villages, and out to the countryside, concentrating in each case upon the visual footnotes of the conflict. Very influential and very scarce.
Griffiths, Philip Jones
Victory in Vietnam
By Richard West; photographs by Philip Jones Griffiths; cover illustration by Michael Heath. London: Private Eye Productions/Andre Deutsch Ltd., 1974. 196 pages; 8 pages of b&w photographic plates, map; 5.25 x 8 inches. SIGNED BY GRIFFITHS on the title page. Out of Print. Cloth bound hardback in dust jacket. Near Fine with a couple of light stains to the FFEP in a Fine dj. $100.00
"An Englishman's view of Vietnam, where victory belongs to those who can survive and still laugh." War reporting from Vietnam by a British correspondent who spent as much time as he could in country. West writes about the Tet Offensive, the drug trade, the "myth of the Green Berets", Bob Hope's last show, the absurdities of media coverage and the people and history of Vietnam.
Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1973. 135 pages; 110 full-page b&w photographic plates; 9.25 x 8.25 inches. SIGNED BY HARBUTT on the title page. Out of Print. Cloth bound hardback in dust jacket. Near Fine with light toning around the edges and a price stamped to the FFEP in a Very Good minus dj with soiling, light chipping around the edges and light toning to the spine. $135.00
Street photography flowing from the documentary tradition. Divided into four chapters: the World, the Flesh, the Devil and finally, Home. "I don't think of this book as a portfolio of my best work, but rather as an integrated set of photographs that express where I have been psychologically, emotionally, physically. In a way it is Bloom walking the world." Harbutt was a member of Magnum from 1964-1981.
Photographs & foreword by Sam Haskins; introduction by Aaron Sussman. Bantam, 1968. Presumed first paperback edition. Unpaginated (144 pages); 126 pages of b&w photographic plates; 4.25 x 6 inches. Out of Print. Paperback. Very Good plus with light soiling, light wear at edges, a small bump to one edge and light stain of color to the cover. Much nicer copy than it sounds. $65.00
From the back cover: Sam Haskins creator of Cowboy Kate & Other Stories "One of the few great photographic books of all time!" Presents: Bes, Gill, Anna, Helmi, Shirl..Five girls "Five enchanting models appear in a tour-de-force of glamor photography that will be remembered for many years!..Excellent and exciting!"--Popular Photography. (Nudes.)
studiesnineteenseventy: One Picture Book #14
Tucson: Nazraeli Press, 2002. Unpaginated (16 pages): 12 duotoned b&w, offset printed photographic plates plus one 4x5-inch gelatin silver print tipped-in to the last page; 5.75 x 7.5 inches. From an edition limited to 500 copies. The silver print is SIGNED BY HEINECKEN and numbered 186/500 on the verso. Out of Print. Hardback, no dj as issued. Fine. $550.00
A pioneer of recycled imagery, Heinecken is universally recognized for his role in redefining the boundaries of photography as an art medium. He produced these photograms, simultaneously showing verso and recto of pages from porn magazines--and in negative--over thirty years ago. An off-shoot of his ARE YOU REA portfolio, published in 1968, these images were once believed lost. The 14th issue of the Nazraeli Press One Picture Book Series.
My Fellow Americans
Photographs by Jeff Jacobson; afterword by Russell Lockhart. Albuquerque, NM: University of NM Press/Picture Project, 1991. Unpaginated (116 pages); full-page color photographic plates throughout; 11 x 9.5 inches. SIGNED BY JACOBSON on the title page. Out of Print. Oversized trade paperback. Near Fine with a scrape to the front cover. $34.50
Collection of photographs of Americans at work and at play. The photographer is particularly insightful and the photos tend to dig deep in the national psyche.
Can I Come with You?: Social Documentary Photography by Amanda Koster
Seattle: Bennett & Hastings, 2008. 112 pages; color and b&w photographic plates throughout; 7 x 10 inches. Trade paperback. AS NEW. $22.50
In this book, Koster documents the work of humanitarian relief organizations including a pre-natal health clinic in the slums of Brazil and an AIDS orphanage in Kenya, and the "Moroccan Women's Music Project."
How to Take and Sell Your Photos: $15,000 a Month As a Nude Photographer!
Self-published, Asclepius Publishing Company, 1989. 62 pages of text followed by 66 pages of photos; 5.5 x 8.25 inches. "Collector's Special Limited Edition #69", the 69 handwritten. SIGNED BY LENE. Out of Print. Trade paperback. Very Good with a couple of light pencil check marks. $19.50
The title says it all. How to get models, how to photograph them nude ("a 75 watt bulb works well with 400 ASA film"), where to sell the photographs.
Paris: Editions Revue Noire, 1994. 128 pages; 64 full-page b&w photographic plates; 5.5 x 7.5 inches. Text in French and English. Out of Print. Trade paperback with French folds. Interior is Fine. The front and back endpapers have rub-off from the cover. The cover worn is Very Good minus, worn around the edges with a crease to the front. $16.50
From the back cover: "This book presents a picture of independant Namibia which is the product of a multitude of perspectives--professional and amateur photographers--blended together within the context of the human, social, historical and political realities of the country." Primarily photographs by Liebenberg but also a couple of photos each by Maria Gerthrud Namundjebo, Gerson Nghituwamata, Howard Buis, Djunior Svane, Pedro Vorster, Namtenya Akukothela, Tony Figueira. Beautifully reproduced.
No Place for Children: Voices from Juvenile Detention
Photographs by Steve Liss; foreword by Marian Wright Edelman; introduction by Cecilia Balli. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 2005. 151 pages; b&w photographic plates throughout; 8.5 x 11.5 inches. Cloth bound hardback in dust jacket. Fine in a Near Fine dj with light wear around the edges. $22.50
An intimate, disturbing view of children's experiences in juvenile detention. Liss photographed and interviewed young detainees, their parents, and detention and probation officers in Laredo, Texas. Liss is an award-winning photographer for Time magazine, where he has worked since 1976.
The Autobiography of Billy McCune
By Billy McCune; introduction & photo by Danny Lyon. San Francisco: Straight Arrow Books, 1973. 154 pages; 8 pages of b&w photos; 5.75 x 8.5 inches. Out of Print. Cloth bound hardback in dust jacket. Near Fine with light wear at the crown and foot of the spine and the progressively lighter embossing of two lines to the first 15 pages in a Very Good plus price-clipped dj with small patches of wear at the edges. $24.50
As a teenager, McCune was committed as "feeble-minded." Later, deemed "normal", he was released only to be arrested, convicted and sentenced to death for rape. When his sentence was commuted, just after the release of Lyon's Conversations with the Dead, which focuses on McCune, he spent 7 years in solitary. Lyon encouraged McCune to write of his life and the penal system he had spent most of life in and this is the moving result. He died in 2007.
Notations in Passing: Visualized by Nathan Lyons
Cambridge, MA and Rochester, NY: The MIT Press/Light Impressions, 1974. 121 pages; 96 full-page b&w photographic plates; 9 x 8.25 inches. SIGNED BY LYONS on the title page. Out of Print. Cloth bound hardback in dust jacket. Fine in a Very Good dj with light soiling, light shelf wear and a small chip at the foot of the spine, protected by mylar cover. $100.00
Street photography in the snapshot tradition: "a modern iconography--a careful exploration in perception--a series with its own continuity and time relationships--commonplace juxtapositions--sequences--notations in passing." Lyons is a significant and respected photography teacher, founder and director of the Visual Studies Workshop and a former Associate Director and Curator of the George Eastman House.
After 9/11: Photographs by Nathan Lyons
Photographs by Nathan Lyons; introduction by Marvin Bell; afterwords by Jock Reynolds and Richard Benson. New Haven, CT: Yale University Art Gallery/Yale University Press, 2003. 176 pages; 152 full-page, duotoned b&w photographic plates; 9.5 x 8.5 inches. SIGNED BY LYONS on the title page. Cloth-bound hardback with dust jacket. Fine in a Fine dj. $65.00
After the events of September 11, 2001, Lyons travelled around the US photographing the responses manifested by ordinary Americans.
A Time Not Here: The Mississipi Delta
Photographs by Norman Mauskopf; essay by Randall Kenan. Santa Fe: Twin Palms, 1996. 96 pages; 78 full-page/spread, sheet-fed gravure photographic plates; 11 x 7.25 inches. From an edition limited to 3000 copies. Cloth bound hardback with dust jacket. Fine in a Fine dj protected by a mylar cover. $34.50
In this, his third book, Mauskopf delves into African-American life in the Mississippi Delta.
Next Stop: Fotografie Toon Michiels
Photographs by Toon Michiels; foreword by Lorenzo Merlo. Nijmegen, The Netherlands: G.J. Thieme, 1981. 75 pages; 8 color and 28 b&w full-page photographic plates; 8.5 x 8.5 inches. Out of Print. Cloth-bound hardback with mounted color plate and debossed, silver lettering, no dj, as issued. Near Fine with very light shelf wear and a small abrasion to the cover plate. $45.00
This book documents a road the Dutch photographer took across the US in the late 1970s. Color maps as endpapers with the route marked. An early and scarce book by Michiels.
Essays by Neery Melkonian and Selene Wendt. Hovikkoden & Oslo, Norway: Henie Onstad Art Center/Riks-Utstillinger, 1999. 80 pages; color reproductions throughout; 6 x 6 inches. List of work. Bibliography. Text in English and Norwegian. Out of Print. Trade paperback with French folds. Near Fine with light wear at tips. $100.00
An early solo exhibition catalog.
Shirin Neshat: Rapture
Essay by James Rondeau. Paris: Galerie Jerome de Noirmont, 1999. 56 pages; 12 full-page b&w photographic plates; 8.5 x 6.75 inches. Text in English and French. From an edition of 1500 copies. Out of Print. Stiff wraps. Near Fine with light shelf wear. $145.00
Neshat's break-through project. In 1999, Neshat won the International Award at the Biennial of Venice with Turbulent and Rapture, a project involving almost 250 extras and produced by the Galerie Jerome de Noirmont. For the first time she tried to make pure photography with the intent of creating an aesthetic, poetic, and emotional shock. This is the exhibition catalog from the show at Galerie Jerome de Noirmont, Paris.
Essays by Gerald Matt, Ruth Noack and Hamid Naficy. Wein and London: Kunsthalle Wein and Serpentine Gallery, 2000. 94 pages; 26 full page b&w photographic plates plus 38 photographic text illustrations; 9.5 x 8 inches. Exhibitions list, bibliography, awards and exhibition check list. Text in English and German. Out of Print. Trade paperback. Near Fine with a light bump to one corner. $44.50
Exhibition catalog for shows in Wein, London and Hamburg, March, 2000 – April, 2001. Features examples of work from Neshat's photographic series' and videos Women of Allah, Fervor, Turbulent and Rapture.
Japanese Nudes and the Amateur Photographer
Rutland, VT & Tokyo: Charles E. Tuttle Co., 1965. 110 pages; 43 aqua-toned gravure-printed photographic plates; 6.5 x 7 inches. Out of Print. Stiff wraps with an attached dust jacket, as issued. Very Good with traces of soiling to the front and medium soiling to the back and a light crease to the back cover. Creasing to the spine. $55.00
Nude photos of teenage and early 20s Japanese girls. Text includes the stories of how the photographer persuaded the girls to pose as well as tips on shooting nudes, lighting diagrams and the girls personal information. Scarce.
Chicago (American Cities)
Photographs by Catherine Opie; essay by Elizabeth A.T. Smith; foreword by Robert Fitzpatrick. Chicago: Museum of Contemporary Art, 2006. 48 pages; 14 full-page, duo-toned b&w and 4 color photographic plates plus 7 color and b&w photographic text illustrations and a full-page color photograph of the author; 7.25 x 5.25 inches. SIGNED BY OPIE and inscribed. Hardback, no dj as issued. Fine. $65.00
These images of Chicago are part of Opie's photographic series, American Cities, ongoing since 1997. The body of work in this volume consists of a group of 14 nocturnal b&w photographs of Chicago's architectural landscape alongside a set of four, four-color "portrait" views of Lake Michigan at different seasons of the year.
Palma, Luis Gonzalez
Luis Gonzalez Palma
Photographs by Luis Gonzalez Palma; introduction by Maria Cristina Orive. Buenos Aires: La Azotea Editorial Fotografica, 1993. 84 pages; 32 full-page color photographic plates plus 10 b&w text illustrations; 9.75 x 9 inches. Text in English and Spanish. Out of Print. Stiff wraps with French folds. Fine. $85.00
Palma is a Guatemalan photographer, living in Argentina. This is his first monograph. "I manipulate in order to emphasize the heart-rending."
Palma, Luis Gonzalez
Luis Gonzalez Palma: Il Silenzio dei Maya
Photographs by Luis Gonzalez Palma; afterword by Laura Leonelli. Milan: Peliti Associati Photo & Co., 1998. Unpaginated (90 pages, including 3 gatefolds), with 70 full-page/spread color photographic plates; 9.75 x 9.75 inches. Text in Italian. Out of Print. Cloth bound hardback in dust jacket. Fine with a bump to one tip in a Fine dj. $200.00
Second book of manipulated and hand-worked allegorical portraits from the Guatemalan photographer Luis Gonzales Palma. With beautiful printing and an elegant production, the rich blacks, golds and whites for the first time match his sumptuous prints.
Half Past Autumn: A Retrospective
Photographs and text by Gordon Parks; essay By Philip Brookman. Bulfinch/Little, Brown & Co./Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1997. 360 pages; 100 color & 195 duotoned b&w photographic plates; 10.5 x 12.5 inches. Out of Print. Cloth bound hardback in dust jacket. Fine in a Fine dj. $65.00
Published in conjunction with a major traveling exhibition, this retrospective monograph captures the life and work of the photographer, poet, filmmaker, composer, and author of many books. The volume concentrates on Parks' documentary work--WWII black fighter pilots, gangs, Black Muslims in Chicago, Muhammad Ali, the Civil Rights Movement, crime in the U.S.--with a passing nod to his later fashion, portrait, nudes and scenic work.
Munkedal, Sweden & Surrey, UK: Munkedahls & Trebruk, 1999. 84 pages; 50 full-page color photographic plates; 10 x 7.25 inches. #1171 of an edition of 2500. SIGNED BY PARR. Out of Print. Cloth bound hardback; no dj, as issued. Lightly soiled with a sunned spine otherwise Very Good plus. $300.00
Produced as a promotional piece to highlight the printing capabilities of a Swedish paper, this book was only distributed to designers and members of the printing industry and was never available for sale to the general public. The fifty intensely saturated images of flowers were shot by Parr around the world. "Over the years, I've built up a sequence of flower photos; it's one of those subjects that all photographers are tempted to try."
The Phone Book: 1998-2002
London: The Rocket Press, 2002. 192 pages including six stiff card dividers; 141 full-page, full-bleed color photographic plates; 8 x 11.5 inches. SIGNED BY PARR and numbered 618/2002 on a neon yellow sticker to the inside back cover. Blue cover. Oversized trade paperback. Near Fine with a flattened bump to one corner. $135.00
Parr: "There is no escaping this modern phenomenon and my relationship is one of 'I couldn't survive without it' but what a pain in the arse they are. I try to photograph my own and society's hypocrisy." Designed to mimic a real phone book, it's been printed on newsprint with six stiff card dividers that fold out to cascading tabs. The tabs organize the book according to region: Europe, Hong Kong, Japan, United Kingdom, United States, and Rest of the World.
Quizzical Eye: The Photography of Rondal Partridge
Photographs by Rondal Partridge; edited with text by Elizabeth Partridge & Sally Stein. San Francisco: Historical Society Press/Heyday Books, 2003. 143 pages; 95 duotone plates plus numerous b&w photographic text illustrations; 9.75 x 11 inches. Out of Print. Cloth bound hardback in dust jacket. Fine in Fine dj. $32.50
Rondal Patridge is the son of Imogen Cunningham, apprentice to Dorothea Lange, and a protege of Ansel Adams. This book collects 60 years of his portraits and nudes.
One Billion Indians
Photographs by Paolo Pellizzari; essay by Patricia Uberoi. Milan: 5 Continents Editions, 2006. 160 pages; full-page and full-spread color photographic plates throughout; 11.5 x 9 inches. Out of Print. Hardcover with dust jacket. Fine in a Fine dj. $35.00
Pellizzari's panoramic format photographs present life in the streets, squares, and public locations around India.
Permutations on the Picturesque: No. 49, Robert B. Menschel Photography Gallery Series
Photographs by John Pfahl; essay by Gary Hesse. Syracuse, NY: The Menschel Gallery/Light Work, 1997. Unpaginated (44 pages); 19 full-page color photographic plates plus 2 text illustrations; 10 x 9 inches. SIGNED BY PFAHL and inscribed. Laid-in is a note on a post-it written by the artist and signed. Out of Print. Saddle-stiched (stapled) stiff wraps. Fine. $35.00
Landscape photographs taken using 18th century instruction on the ideal subject, appearance, and point of view of each location. Each image was then scanned into a computer to be manipulated to emulate the appearance of a Picturesque period watercolor drawing. Within each picture Pfahl inserted a row of enlarged pixels that span the length of the image, to draw attention to its computer-assisted construction.
Photographs by John Pfahl; essay by Deborah Tall. Tucson: Nazaraeli Press, 2000. 36 pages; 23 full-page color photographic plates; 8 x 4.5 inches. Laid-in is the essay on a 8 x 13 inch printed and folded sheet. SIGNED BY PFAHL and inscribed, on the essay sheet. Out of Print. Cloth bound hardback with accordion-fold text block and in a cloth bound publisher's slipcase. AS NEW. $100.00
A uniquely constructed artists' book, Waterfall contains images of North American waterfalls taken by Pfahl over a 20 year period.
Signs and Relics
Photographs by Sylvia Plachy; foreword by Wim Wenders. New York: The Monacelli Press, 1999. 224 pages; 148 full-page b&w photographic plates; 9 x 8 inches. SIGNED BY PLACHY on the FFEP. Out of Print. Cloth bound hardback in dust jacket. Fine in a Fine dj. $65.00
Street photography grouped into 19 thematic sections, from this former Village Voice/New Yorker photographer.
Guglielmo Pluschow: Erotic Photographs
Photographs by Guglielmo Pluschow; text by Peter Weiermair. Koln: Benedikt Taschen, 1994. 96 pages; 85 sepia-toned b&w photographic plates, most full-page, plus 8 photographic text illustrations; 7.25 x 9 inches. Text in English. Out of Print. Hardback, no dj as issued. Very Good plus with light shelf wear and light wear at one tip. $75.00
A passion for Arcadian scenes peopled with beautiful nude boys and girls took Wilhelm von Pluschow (who changed his name to Guglielmo and dropped the "von") to Italy. There, at the turn of the century, he found the freedom to indulge his dreams, and took the erotic photographs featured in this album.
Basel: Christoph Merian Verlag, 1998. 128 pages; full-page and spread b&w photographic plates throughout; 9.25 x 13 inches. Text in German. Out of Print. Hardcover with dust jacket. Fine except for a bump to two tips in a Fine dj. $29.50
Dramatic b&w photographs of the landscape and people of the Alps.
Beirut: City of Regrets
Photographs by Eli Reed; text by Fouad Ajami. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 1988. 188 pages; 128 full-page color photographic plates; 10 x 8.5 inches. SIGNED BY REED, inscribed and dated on the title page. Out of Print. Oversized trade paperback. Near Fine with a light bump to one corner of the top of the spine. $75.00
Magnum photographer Eli Reed presents the day-to-day life for the residents of Beirut during it's civil war. Amid car bombings, kidnappings, factional firefights, and political and religious upheaval, people try to piece together a life of some sort of normalcy. Ajami, Lebanese by birth, explores the history and myths that have shaped the lives of the Lebanese of Beirut.
Rights of Passage
Photographs by Martha Rosler; essays by Anthony Vidler and Alexander Alberro. Self-published, 1997. 56 pages; 19 color photographic plates; 8 x 6.5 inches. SIGNED BY ROSLER and inscribed and dated. Out of Print. Hardback, no dj as issued. Near Fine. $45.00
Rosler traces an undefined journey along an undefined road, sequencing a number of photographs taken from a moving car.
Photographs by Thomas Sandberg; text by Jurgen Leinemann. Berlin: Schwarzkopf & Schwarzkopf, 1998. 72 pages; color photographs throughout; 9.5 x 8.5 inches. SIGNED BY SANDBERG, dated and inscribed on the FFEP in pencil. Out of Print. Hardback, no dj as published. Fine except for bumps at three corners. $34.50
On the campaign trail with Schroder throughout 1997 and 1998, Sandberg presents a detailed look at what it means to be a politician canvassing for votes. Schroder won and was Chancellor of Germany from 1998 to 2005.
Photographs by Joe Steinmetz; text and editing by Barbara Norfleet. Cambridge, MA: Amory & Pugh, 1982. 68 pages; 54 full-page b&w photographic plates plus 3 photo text illustrations; 9.75 x 8.5 inches. SIGNED BY STEINMETZ and NORFLEET and dated in the year of publication. Out of Print and Very Scarce, this edition. Oversized trade paperback. Very Good plus with only light wear and a couple of light stress marks to the spine. $100.00
Steinmetz (1905-1985) was a photojournalist and a commercial photographer in Philadelphia before WWII and in Sarasota, FL, after. He just happened to have created a visual record of the social history of the US. His pre-war work exhibits the comfortable life of the affluent Northeast: society weddings, debutante parties and Princeton reunions. In contrast, Steinmetz's Florida photography shows a lifestyle of carefree leisure featuring trailer parks with shuffleboard courts, golf courses and beaches, mostly occupied by people in swimsuits and shorts. This volume, the true first edition published in conjunction with the exhibition, covers both time periods.
Journey to Land's End: A Paper Movie by Lou Stoumen
Berkeley, CA: Celestial Arts, 1988. 160 pages; 90 full-page b&w photographic plates; 6 x 8.5 inches. Out of Print. Hardcover with dust jacket. Very Good with light wear and bumps to all four tips in a Very Good minus dj with three chips, wear to the crown and patches of wear. $24.50
Playing around with the illustrated book format, Stoumen presents free verse and prose on one side of a spread opposite an image. Stoumen (1916-1991) was a photographer and a filmmaker who won two Academy Awards for documentaries he made. He taught film production at UCLA for 20 years.
Mr. Bristol's Barn: With Excerpts from Mr. Blinn's Diary
New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1997. 72 pages; 33 full-page, duotoned b&w photographic plates; 7.25 x 8.25 inches. SIGNED BY SZARKOWSKI on the title page. Out of Print. Cloth bound hardback with dust jacket. Fine with a light soiling at the lower tips in a Fine dj. $85.00
Offering a vivid sense of rural life in the Civil War era, Mr. Bristol's Barn pairs photographs by Szarkowski of a 19th-century barn owned by Abel Bristol in Chatham, NY, with moving selections from the diary of Bristol's neighbor and contemporary, Philo Blinn.
A Vanished World
Photographs by Wilfred Thesiger; introduction by Alexander Maitland. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 2001. 192 pages; full-page, duotoned b&w photographic plates throughout; 9 x 11 inches. Out of Print. Cloth bound hardback in dust jacket. Near Fine in a Near Fine dj. $29.50
A photographic record of cultures at the farthest edges of civilization--some now extinct--by one of the great English explorers and travel writers of the 20th century. Thesiger (1910-2003) began his career in 1930, on a trip to Ethiopia. Places and people included in this volume: the ferocious Danakil of the Awash River; in the Sudan, the Muslim tribes in Northern Darfur; the pagan Nuer in the Western Nile swamps; the Marsh Arabs of Iraq; and remote areas of Kurdistan, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.
New York: Paragraphic/Grossman, 1969. Unpaginated (80 pages); 67 full-page b&w photographic plates; 6 x 7 inches. Laid-in is a review from Art in America, 1961, of a show in Boston of this series of work. Out of Print. Trade paperback. Very Good minus with wear along the edges. $17.50
Street photography--people and scenes--in India in Benaras (Varanasi), Bombay (Mumbai), Calcutta (Kolkata) and Madras (Chennai). Trefonides is a Boston painter who gained renown in the 1960s as a Cartier-Bresson style photographer.
Uelsmann, Jerry N.
Process and Perception
Photographs by Jerry N. Uelsmann; essay by John Ames. Gainesville, FL: University of Florida Press, 1985. 128 pages; 90 full-page b&w photographic plates plus 51 b&w text illustrations and a frontis photo; 10 x 8.5 inches. Oversized trade paperback. Near Fine with light shelf wear and a price sticker to the rear. $29.50
A collection of Uelsmann's composite photographs made between 1980 and 1985. He describes his techniques in two introductory essays with examples. All this was made before Photoshop and in many cases is more believable than most Photoshop-made images.
Landscapes: Photographs by Burk Uzzle
Foreword by Ron Bailey. Magnum Photos/Light Impressions, 1973. 96 pages; b&w full-page, photographic plates throughout; 9 x 8 inches. SIGNED BY UZZLE on the title page. Out of Print. Stiff pictorial wrappers. Good with extensive wear and soiling to the covers. Interior is clean. $45.00
Wry and affectionate look at the offbeat and odd people of the USA in the 1960s and early '70s. Uzzle is an excellent street photographer still working today.
Sacramento, CA: Emigre Inc., 2000. 96 pages; 36 full-page or spread color photographic plates; 6 x 9 inches. Out of Print. Cloth bound hardback with blind embossing, with a plastic CD pocket to the rear board. No dj as issued. Lacking the belly band and the CD. Very Good minus: The book is tightly bound and the interior is fine but the cloth shows moderate or worse soiling. $65.00
Cucamonga, VanderLans' second book of photographs, is a tribute to Don Van Vliet, AKA Captain Beefheart. VanderLans retraces Beefheart's Magic Band's trail, photographing the places and neighborhoods frequented by them in the late '60's and early '70's. What emerges is a picture of southern California that shows the suburban landscape as it is today--a land of lush vegetation, concrete, deserts and subdivisions, all under the same vast blue sky.
Von Gloeden, Wilhelm
Wilhelm Von Gloeden: Erotic Photographs
Photographs by Wilhelm Von Gloeden; text by Peter Weiermair. Koln: Benedikt Taschen, 1994. 96 pages; 47 full-page, sepia-toned photographic plates plus 13 b&w photographic text illustrations; 7.25 x 9 inches. Text in English. Out of Print. Hardback, no dj as published. Very Good with light wear and a bump to two tips. $24.50
Classicist photographs of nude young men in Arcadian settings, taken near Taormina in Sicily around the turn of the century.
One Time, One Place: A Mississippi Album Mississippi in the Depression-A Snapshot Album
New York: Random House, 1971. xiv + 114 pages; 100 full-page b&w photographic plates; 8 x 8.25 inches. Out of Print. Cloth bound hardback in dust jacket. Very Good with slight fading to the lower edges of the boards in a Good dj with fading to the spine, wear at the edges and overall light soiling. $34.50
Throughout her writing career Welty's camera was a close companion. The images in this volume are selections from the many she took during the Great Depression as she traveled in her home state of Mississippi while working for the WPA.
7410 Inc. (Seventy Four Ten), 1989. 264 pages; 122 full-page b&w photographic plates; 11 x 8.5 inches. Out of Print. Cloth bound hardback in dust jacket. Very Good with light bumps to two tips and the ghost of price sticker on the FFEP in a Good plus dj with wear along the edges and a couple of chips around the top of the spine. $34.50
In Nov. 1961, Wiener (1929-1993), a well-known photojournalist, shot a bullfight in Tijuana, Mexico, with an 800mm self-improvised telephoto lens. The detailed close-ups starkly depict the brutality of the sport, against the backdrop of amused and horrified spectators (including a young Dennis Hopper who happened to be at the bullring that day). It was the last event of the day and started at 4:29:40 pm. The fight was over by 4:53:15. The images are presented chronologically; each spread has a full-page image on the right hand page and the time it was taken on the left.
Hannah Wilke: A Retrospective
Photographic based art by Hannah Wilke; text by Joanna Freuh & Wilke; edited by Thomas H. Kochheiser. Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 1989. 168 pages; over 125 color and b&w photographs; 10.5 x 7.5 inches. With exhibition checklist, selected bibliography, illustration information, and index. SIGNED BY WILKE and dated in the year of publication with a symbolic drawing of a vagina on the photographic half title. Out of Print. Cloth bound hardback in dust jacket. Near Fine in a Near Fine dj. $1,250.00
For Wilke (1940-1993), the point of departure was always the body and its discontinuous relationship with language. In the 1970s, Wilke's work was considered controversial. Today, when art is increasingly cognizant of social context, Wilke's work has found rightful place among the most important artwork of the past thirty years.
Photographs by Garry Winogrand; introduction by Tod Papageorge. New York: Museum of Modern Art, 2004. Second edition. 112 pages; 75 duotoned, b&w photographic plates; 11 x 8.5 inches. Out of Print. Cloth bound hardback with dj. AS NEW in publisher's shrink wrap. $29.50
Public Relations was a project begun by Winogrand in 1969 to photograph what he called "the effect of media on events." He attended an array of public events including museum openings, press conferences, sports games, demonstrations, and award ceremonies. The photographs depict our emerging dependence on the media as well as how the media changes and sometimes even creates the event itself. First published to accompany a 1977 exhibition at MoMA, NYC.
Ambassadors of Progress: American Women Photographers in Paris, 1900-1901
Bronwyn A.E. Griffith - Editor; essays by Griffith, Verna Posever Curtis, Michael Poivert and Andrew Robb; biographies by Laura Ilse Mesiter. Giverny: Musee d'Art Giverny, 2001. 250 pages; 77 full-page color photographic plates plus 53 color text illustrations and 250 b&w thumbnails; 9.5 x 12.5 inches. Biographies. Bibliography. Appendix. Index. Out of Print. Hardcover with dust jacket. Fine with light bumps to the tips in a Fine dj. $29.50
This volume presents the photographs collected by Frances Benjamin Johnson, now housed at the Library of Congress. In 1900, Johnson organized an exhibition of Amerian women photographers which "combined the fascination with the 'new woman'--almost by definition American--with the interest in technology and the burgeoning field of photography."
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