Photography

At the Edge of the World (USED)

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Carleton E. Watkins: Photographs 1861-1874 (USED)
Carleton E. Watkins: Photographs 1861-1874 (USED)
Carleton E. Watkins: Photographs 1861-1874 (USED)

Carleton E. Watkins: Photographs 1861-1874

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Carleton Watkins (1829–1916) is widely considered the greatest American photographer of the nineteenth century and arguably the most influential artist of his era. He is best known for his pictures of Yosemite Valley and the nearby Mariposa Grove of giant sequoias. Watkins made his first trip to Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove in 1861 just as the Civil War was beginning. His photographs of Yosemite were exhibited in New York for the first time in 1862, as news of the Union’s disastrous defeat at Fredericksburg was landing in newspapers and while the Matthew Brady Studio’s horrific photographs of Antietam were on view. Watkins’s work tied the West to Northern cultural traditions and played a key role in pledging the once-wavering West to Union.

Motivated by Watkins’s pictures, Congress would pass legislation, later signed by Abraham Lincoln, that preserved Yosemite as the prototypical “national park,” the first such act of landscape preservation in the world. Watkins’s photographs helped shape America’s idea of the West, and helped make the West a full participant in the nation. His pictures of California, Oregon, and Nevada, as well as modern-day Washington, Utah, and Arizona, not only introduced entire landscapes to America but were important to the development of American business, finance, agriculture, government policy, and science.

1st edition; published by Fraenkel Gallery, in association with Bedford Arts, Publishers, San Francisco. Essay by Peter E. Palmquist; dust jacket has very light scuffing; tan buckram with brown lettering on cover and spine; former owner's signature in ink on ffep; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/VG

Chinese  Encounters  (Signed  1st  edition)
Chinese  Encounters  (Signed  1st  edition)
Chinese  Encounters  (Signed  1st  edition)

Chinese Encounters (Signed 1st edition)

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Inge Morath's photographs of Chinese scenes from Peking to Shanghai are complemented and expanded upon byArthur Miller's incisive, informative commentary on Chinese politics, artistic expression, and life.

Inscribed by Miller on half-title; dust jacket in protective cover; very slight wear; dark blue embossed cloth with silver lettering on spine; top edge very slightly faded; inscription on ffep; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG/VG

Cleveland: Inside/Outside

Cleveland: Inside/Outside

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Cleveland Inside Outside is a visual odyssey through Cleveland by renowned photographer and Clevelander, Jennie Jones. Her photographs show everything, from the tiniest details in a radiator to a grand skyscraper in the heart of the city. The splendor within each one of her photographs makes the reader exclaim, "This is not Cleveland." Jennie's photographs show us exactly what we have been missing. She has shone a light on Cleveland's wonders and we are curious as to why they have been hidden in such plain sight and for so long.

Faces of Cleveland

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Solitude of Ravens (USED)
Solitude of Ravens (USED)

Solitude of Ravens

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Exceptionally rare first U.S. PB edition, published 1991 by Bedford Arts, Solitude of Ravens is one of the most important photo-books to come out of Japan, let alone one of the most important photo-books of the 20th century. All editions of this book are extremely rare and increasingly valuable in both the private photo-book market as well as at art-book auctions.

1st U.S. edition, published by Bedford Arts, Publishers, 1991. First published in 1986 as Ravens by Sokyu-sha Co., Ltd., Japan. Softcover; scratch and scuffs on bottom right side of front cover; some scuffs on rear cover; otherwise in very good condition. G+

The Primal Alliance, Earth and Ocean

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VanDerZee,  Photographer,  1886-1983
VanDerZee,  Photographer,  1886-1983
VanDerZee,  Photographer,  1886-1983

VanDerZee, Photographer, 1886-1983

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James VanDerZee was one of the great American photographers of the 20th century and the leading African-American photographer of his day. This survey of his work includes his late portraits, as well as many of his best-known photographs and some new discoveries. There are also two revealing essays, one by Deborah Willis, author of Black Photographers, 1840-1988, which shows how VanDerZee used his artistic powers to shape a collective image of his world, and a biographical text by Rodger Birt that tells the story of the discovery of VanDerZee by the world outside Harlem in 1969.

James VanDerZee was one of the great American photographers of the 20th century and the leading African-American photographer of his day. This first survey of his work in over 20 years includes his portraits for the first time as well as some new discoveries never before reproduced. Bibliography; notes; index. 200 duotone photos.

Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers, in association with The National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, 1993. Published on the occasion of an exhibition of the same name, 1993-1994. Dust jacket in protective cover; near fine condition; black cloth with gilt lettering on cover and spine; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG+/VG+