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Frank, Robert The Americans. Robert Frank. Introduction by Jack Kerouac. Grove Press, New York, 1959. 180 pp. Unpaginated. Oblong quarto. First edition. Clothbound in photo-illustrated dustjacket. 83 Black-and-white reproductions. SIGNED/INSCRIBED "Robert Frank / NYC Nov. 30. 96. / To Rob ." (also included is a notarized letter written by the former owner - a noted New York City bookseller - detailing when and where Robert Frank hand signed the book for him). BOOK CONDITION: Fine; a tight, clean copy in a Fine dust jacket with hints of toning/soiling, tiny closed tear at front (and rear) top corners (at fold), and two 1/2 inch closed tears with associated wrinkling along top rear edge (small archival tape repairs to verso of jacket at each of these points). Jacket looks fantastic in a clear, brodart protector. Ovderall a highly collectible SIGNED copy of the 1959 Grove Press Edition. Rober Frank's Americans ".paved the way for three decades of photographs exploring the personal poetics of lived experience. Many memorable photobooks have been derived from this mass of material. None has been more memorable, more influential, nor more fully realized than Franks's masterpiece."--Parr and Badger, The Photobook: A History, Vol. I . "It was Frank's The Americans that made the photographic book into an artform in its own right. Frank was following a lead set by Morris' book [The Inhabitants] and, especially, by Evans' American Photographs, both of which are designed to let pictures play off each other in a way that controls and reinforces their effect on the viewer. Even Klein's New York book displays this tendency. But Frank's goes much further, creating a denser, richer, deeper structure of images than any book before it."--Colin Westerbeck in Michel Frizot, et. al., The New History of Photography
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Mosse, Richard Mack, 2018. Hardcover (OTA bound paperback) in pictorial covers. First Edition, First Printing (with no other printings mentioned/listed). 232 pages with numerous photographic images throughout (with 28 double gatefolds). 24.5 x 32 cm. Photographs by Richard Mosse; Separate booklet with texts in English by Behrouz Boochani, Judith Butler, Paul K. Saint Amour. BOOK CONDITION: Fine/as new. Richard Mosse has spent the past few years documenting the ongoing refugee and migration crisis, repurposing military-grade camera technology to confront how governments and societies perceive refugees. His latest book The Castle is a meticulous record of refugee camps located across mass migration routes from the Middle East and Central Asia into the European Union via Turkey. Using a thermal video camera intended for long-range border enforcement, Mosse films the camps from high elevations to draw attention to the ways in which each interrelates with, or is divorced from, adjacent citizen infrastructure. His source footage is then broken down into hundreds of individual frames, which are digitally overlapped in a grid formation to create composite heat maps.Truncating time and space, Mosse’s images speak to the lived experience of refugees indefinitely awaiting asylum and trapped in a Byzantine state of limbo. The book is divided into 28 sites, each presenting an annotated sequence of close-up images that fold out into a panoramic heat map. Within this format, Mosse underscores the provisional architecture of the camps and the ways in which each camp is variously marginalised, concealed, regulated, militarized, integrated, and/or dispersed. His images point to the glaring disconnect between the brisk free trade of globalized capitalism and the dehumanizing erosion of international refugee law in European nation-states. Named after Kafka’s 1926 novel, The Castle prompts questions about the ‘visibility’ of refugees and the erosion of their human rights.The book comes with a separate book of texts, including a poem by Behrouz Boochani, the journalist, novelist and Iranian refugee currently held by the Australian government in confinement on Manus island, an essay by Paul K. Saint-Amour, associate Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania, an essay by philosopher Judith Butler, and a text by Richard Mosse.
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Metinides, Enrique Ridinghouse. 2003. Hardcover in pictorial boards. First Edition, First Printing. Text in Spanish and English. 134 pages with 73 photos. Text: Geoff Dyer, Nestor Garcia Canclini, Gabirel Kuri. Often cited as the Mexican Wegee, this rare monograph showcases Enrique Metinides's famous photographs of crime, accidents and disaster in and around Mexico City. BOOK CONDITION: Fine; a solid, tight, clean copy showing hints of rubbing to extremities. Nice copy! Metinides worked as a crime photographer from 1948 to his forced retirement in 1997, taking thousands of images and following hundreds of stories in and around Mexico City such as crime scenes, car crashes and natural catastrophes. His work was principally published in the "nota roja" (literally "red news" because of bloody images), sections and event whole journals characterized by crude text and sensationalist photography dealing with violence and death. The success of these publications in Mexico and other parts of Latin America is due to a cultural obsession with death, one difficult to understand from the outside. Sometime after his retirement, his work began to be appreciated on their own merit and artistic value, being exhibited in Mexico, the United States and Europe. From 2011 to 2013, a collection of 101 photographs selected by the photographer toured Europe and the Americas under the name of the "101 Tragedies of Enrique Metinides." The photos have also been published as a book with the same title, with extended captions and a biography of Metinides.
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Dali, Salvador BOOK DESCRIPTION: New York, The Dial Press, Inc., 1957. Hardcover in illustrated dust jacket. 8vo. 156 pages many with illustrations. 1st half of the book is the English translation from the Frech; 2nd half of the book publishes the original French version ("Les Cocus du Veil Art Moderne"). This copy is additionally SIGNED/INSCRIBED in French and dated 1959 by Salvador Dali (with drawings) to Cary Selden Rodman across the title page and facing blank page. Cary Selden Rodman (February 19, 1909 – November 2, 2002) was a prolific U.S. writer of poetry, plays and prose, political commentary, art criticism, Latin American and Caribbean history, biography and travel writing—publishing a book almost every year of his adult life, he also co edited Common Sense Magazine. In 1961 Rodman published Conversations With Artists wherein the author transcribed interviews with the artistic luminaries of the day. This particular copy was most likely inscribed by Dali to Rodman two years earlier during Dali's conversation with Rodman published in the May of 1959 issue of Controversy Magazine which featured both Rodman and Dali on the cover. In that publication reference is made to the inscription (in English translation) and its meaning. For historical grounding and context we are including a copy of that magazine/publication for the buyer of this amazing association/presentation copy. BOOK CONDITION: Fine; a solid, tight, clean copy in a Fine dust jacket showing light toning and rubbing, with hints of wear to the extremities (protected in a clear brodart cover). Overall a beautiful and highly collectible SIGNED PRESENTATION COPY. CHECK OUT OUR STORE FOR MORE HARD TO FIND, RARE AND SIGNED PHOTOGRAPHY BOOKSBOOK CONDITION: Fine; a solid, tight, clean copy in a Fine dust jacket showing light toning and rubbing, with hints of wear to the extremities (protected in a clear brodart cover). Overall a beautiful and highly collectible SIGNED PRESENTATION COPY.