Publisher: Minneapolis, Minnesota: Cray Research, Inc. 1987
Edition: 1st Edition
Condition: New / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 101429
First edition, first and only printing. Limited edition of 500 signed copies (at time of publication). Signed in blue ink opposite the title page by Friedlander, in 1987. Hardcover. Fine dark orange linen cloth, with printed label affixed to front cover, no dust jacket as issued. Photographs by Lee Friedlander. 96 pp. with 79 full-page black and white reproductions. Includes a New copy of the four-page "Preview" publication, with 2 black and white plates, in matching stiff wrappers with self-closing flap. 12-3/8 x 11-5/8 inches. This edition was limited to 5000 hardbound copies (the total number of signed at the time of publication as limited to 500, which comprise the limited edition). Out of print. Extremely scarce.
[Cited in Martin Parr and Gerry Badger, The Photobook: A History, Volume II. (London and New York: Phaidon, 2006).]
Lee Friedlander’s work is widely known for transforming our visual understanding of contemporary American culture. Known for passionately embracing all subject matter, Friedlander photographed nearly every facet of American life from the 1950s to the present. From factories in Pennsylvania, to the jazz scene in New Orleans, to the deserts of the Southwest, Friedlander's complex formal visual strategies continue to influence the way we understand, analyze, and experience modern American experience. Friedlander's work continues to influence photographic practice internationally, in part due to the heightened sense of self-awareness that is a trademark of so many of his photographs and in part because of his ability to embrace wide-ranging subject matter, always interpreting it in an elegance that hadn't existed prior to his work.
New in publisher's shrink-wrap (sealed by the publisher after Friedlander's signing of this edition in 1987).
This book was commissioned as an in house publication by the president of Cray Research, on the occasion of the company's fifteenth anniversary. The book was never commercially available and was presented to company employees as a gift.