Publisher: Tucson, Arizona: Nazraeli Press, 2002
Edition: 1st Edition
Condition: New / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 100854
First edition, first printing. Limited edition of 500 copies hand-numbered and signed by Kirby, with one original gelatin silver print (2-1/2 x 4-3/8 inches) tipped in the final page. Hardcover. Paper-covered boards, no dust jacket as issued. 16 pp., with 7 duotone plates, and a letter reproduced on the first page to Chris Pichler, Nazraeli Press from Don Kirby. 7-1/2 x 5-3/4 inches.
The 15th publication in the Nazraeli Press One Picture Book series.
From the publisher: "While Don Kirby was working on his Wheatcountry images he photographed a now-deserted schoolhouse and became fascinated by the generations of graffiti scrawled upon its walls. As is so often the case, some of the most meaningful comments in -- and on --life are to found in places where they are not expected. Kirby's black and white photographs immortalize pearls of profundity that would more usually inspire removal than recording: the book's title, for example, or the equally delicious "There have been no dragons in my life, only spiders and girls. . . I could have coped with dragons." Wheatcountry, Don Kirby's first monograph, was published to wide international acclaim, and documented a subject close to the artist's heart since childhood. Of his follow-up One Picture Book, the artist writes: "Printing the graffiti, I became much more aware of the significance this place has for me and the importance I attach to saying something about it. The Wheatcountry book was completed by the essays, which were needed to convey aspects the photographs miss. This statement is complete in the photographs."