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What's Wrong with Daguerre: Reconsidering old and new views on the invention of photography
Hans Rooseboom
What's Wrong with Daguerre: Reconsidering old and new views on the invention of photography
2010
Book/Pamphlet softbound
8-1/4 x 5-7/8 in. (210 x 149 mm)
[Published Nescio, 2010 Amsterdam] Limited edition of only 500 copies. From Hans Rooseboom, curator of photography at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, comes a finely researched, self-published monograph, "What's Wrong with Daguerre?" This 35-page treatise explores the historical record, familiarly noting that when Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre introduced his daguerreotype process in 1839, he was regarded as photography's principal inventor, but that it wasn't long before other innovators--notably Joseph- Nicéphore Niépce, William Henry Fox Talbot and Hippolyte Bayard--were viewed as rivals, sparking the "priority debate" about who was the rightful father of photography. With ample citations and clear comparative analysis, Rooseboom argues compellingly that Daguerre's problem (that is, the devaluation of his role and his process) has often been a matter of bias or nationalism on the part of photo-historians and others who, for example, view the daguerreotype as an instrument of commercialism and the calotype of Fox Talbot as a purer expression of photographic art.
Price: $15  Sale: $12 (ref. 12453)

August Sander: Rheinlandschaften 1929-1946
August Sander
August Sander: Rheinlandschaften 1929-1946
1975
Book hardbound
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Photographs by August Sander and text by Wolfgang Kemp. Schirmer/Mosel, Munich, 1975. Quarto. Hardcover in very fine condition with very fine dust jacket. First edition, 58pp., text-illustrations, plus 40 full-page b&w photos. In German. Kemp recounts early landscape photography and art, and Sander's landscapes, portraits and biography. Excellent condition in a scarce book.
Price: $350  Sale: $250 (ref. 9026)

Gary Schneider: Nudes
Gary Schneider
Gary Schneider: Nudes
2005
Book hardbound
18-1/4 x 9-1/4 in. (464 x 235 mm)
Aperture Foundation, New York City, NY, 2005. Hardcover. First Edition. First Printing. 80pp., 35 four-color illustrations. As New in partial shrink wrap. Debut collection of male and female full-frontal nudes. One of the most unusual and most fascinating erotic and portrait photography books of the year 2005. Published in a small and limited print run as a hardcover original only. A stunningly beautiful production by Gary Schneider, Francesca Richer, and Aperture Foundation: Oversize-volume format. The book is 18-1/4 inches long. Handsome black silk cloth boards with glossy photographic reproduction of a female nude pasted on cover and metallic-silver titles printed on spine, as issued. Photographs and brief afterword by Gary Schneider. Printed on 200 gsm Garda thick coated stock paper by EBS in Verona, Italy to the very highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents the American artist/photographer"s very first, full-fledged collection of nudes. Gary Schneider began experimenting with his unusual lighting technique in 1989, but he did not take these photographs until 2002 through 2004. The book is dedicated to Peter Hujar, who was his best friend, and John Erdman, his lifelong partner. Like all great photographic nudes, Gary Schneider's nudes delicately tread the line between the nude-as-study and the nude-as-erotic-object. They are not mutually exclusive. On the contrary, they are mutually inclusive. Schneider used a small flash light to photograph each subject. What we see is not digitally altered in any way; the pitch-dark surrounding is real; and most crucial of all, the dark areas of the bodies that make many of the subjects look unusually hairy (or "rubbed over with charcoal", as one critic observed) are intentional on Schneider's part. The results are unlike anything anyone has seen or expects, and are therefore disorienting and even unsettling. You can't help looking, looking away, and looking back again, this time to linger, appreciate, and enjoy. Very few nudes afford us such an experience and reward repeated viewings so richly. Schneider is, in effect, applying and extending what he learned from a lifetime of portraiture to leave his indelible mark on the nude. His nudes can only be described as original and moving portraits of the human body in all of its particularity and beauty. "Schneider illuminates contemporary art and science, conceptual art and performance, portraiture and identity, and privacy within the public sphere", according to Deborah Martin Kao. Schneider's achievement was finally recognized in a major retrospective exhibition simply called "Portraits" at The Harvard University Art Museum in 2004. His new collection presents the nude-as-portrait.
Price: $75  Sale: $60 (ref. 9171)

Dam (Signed Limited Edition)
Toshio Shibata
Dam (Signed Limited Edition)
2004
Book with silver print hardbound
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Nazraeli Press, Tucson, Arizona, 2004. Hardcover. First edition, first and only printing. Special limited edition of 500 hand-numbered copies, with an 9-5/8 by 7-5/8 inch original gelatin silver print tipped in debossed front cover. The book is hand-numbered and signed in black ink on the colophon page by Shibata, and enclosed in a gray cloth slipcase. Fine dark green linen cloth with title stamped in gray on front cover and spine. Photographs by Toshio Shibata. 36 pp. (including one 2-page gatefold), with 18 duotone plates beautifully printed on heavy paper by Oceanic Graphic Productions, China. 16 3/4 x 13 1/2 inches. Out of print (sold out shortly after publication). Scarce. CONDITION: As New in publisher"s shrink-wrap (slit open for signature). From the publisher: "Toshio Shibata is well known for his large-format landscape photographs, particularly those made in Japan. Shibata's photographs of mountain sides overlaid by concrete netting and other engineering devices to prevent erosion and landslides are marked by their abstract beauty and sense of immense scale. Our first book on this work, Landscape, was published to wide critical acclaim, and the first printing sold out upon publication. The artist"s follow-up book, Dam, is perhaps more beautiful yet. Printed in a large 14 x 17 inch format, and hardbound in Japanese cloth, Dam is limited to an edition of 500 numbered and signed copies. Each copy of the book features an original print on the front cover, protected by a matching slipcase. Shibata's work has been widely exhibited and published throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. It has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and the Centre National de la Photographie in Paris. Toshio Shibata's photographs are included in major public and private collections throughout the world."
Price: $600  Sale: $450 (ref. 9137)

Bucks County: Photographs of Early Architecture
Aaron Siskind
Bucks County: Photographs of Early Architecture
1974
Book hardbound
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Horizon Press, NY, 1974. Hardcover quarto. First edition. 112 pages. Handsome brown cloth boards with titles on spine, as issued. Photographs by Aaron Siskind. Essay by William Morgan. In pictorial dust jacket with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents an unusual document in Aaron Siskind's seminal oeuvre. It is instructive of Siskind's growth and development as one of the most influential American photographers. Drawn to both the rural and artistic reputation of Bucks County, Siskind arrived in 1935 to photograph its architecture. Very fine.
Price: $125  Sale: $100 (ref. 9022)

Photo-Centric
Michael Snow
Photo-Centric
2014
Book softbound
10 x 8 in. (254 x 203 mm)
Published by Philadelphia Museum of Art on the occasion of the exhibition, Michael Snow: Photo-Centric, 2014. Foreward by Timothy Rub. Edited by Adelina Vlas with Essays by Adelina Vlas and Michael Snow.
Price: $30 (ref. 14207)