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Stuart O'Sullivan: How Beautiful This Place Can Be [SIGNED]

Publisher: Tucson, Arizona: Nazraeli Press, in association with The Joy of Giving Something, Inc. (JGS), 2004
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 1590050916
Condition: New / New
Item #: 101340



First edition, first printing. Signed in black ink on the title page by O'Sullivan. Hardcover. Fine blue linen cloth, with title stamped in dark blue on front cover and spine, with photographically illustrated dust jacket. Photographs and introduction by Stuart O'Sullivan. Text by Lyle Rexer. 112 pp., with 62 four-color plates, beautifully printed on fine matte art paper. 10-3/4 x 12-3/8 inches.


New in publisher's shrink-wrap (slit open for signature).


From the publisher: "South Africa is where Stuart O'Sullivan was raised, and where his family still lives. Growing up as a member of the white middle class, his childhood was one of affluence and privilege but, as he moved towards adulthood, he became increasingly conscious of the deprivations endured by his fellow South Africans. However, belief in the need for fundamental change came hand in hand with anxiety for his family's future. In the late 1980s, O'Sullivan moved to New York for professional reasons and, after a decade away, he began to look through early family photographs. From the perspective of distance and time, he realized just what an 'isolated paradise' his family had occupied and reflected on their place within the new, rapidly changing social and political climate. He started photographing, on return visits to South Africa, the daily lives of those close to him. The result is a fascinating and important body of work, made all the more pertinent by the inclusion of short texts alongside some of the images. These excerpts, taken mostly from family letters, add historical weight and a contemporary perspective to this remarkable document."