Publisher: Tucson, Arizona: Nazraeli Press, 2002
Edition: 1st Edition
Condition: New / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 101343
First edition, first and only printing. Signed in black ink on the half-title page by Friedlander. Hardcover. Burgundy-color velvet-covered boards, with plate tipped in debossed front cover, no dust jacket as issued. Photographs by Lee Friedlander. Introduction by Peter Galassi. Afterword by Maria Friedlander. 56 pp., with 48 duotone four-color plates, beautifully printed on fine matte art paper by Oceanic Graphic Productions. 12 x 11-1/4 inches. This first edition was limited to 2000 copies. Out of print.
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 (slit open for signature).
From the Introduction by Peter Galassi: "Photography likes sculpture. It likes to see how things look from different angles, especially things that don't move. It likes light falling on surfaces and the way the two become one in the picture. . . Above all, it likes the way photography, which makes living figures still, awakens figures frozen in stone."
From the publisher: "The Staglieno cemetery near Genoa was created in the 19th century. It is home not only to those whose bones lie buried beneath, but also to the splendidly ornate display of sculptures erected in their memory. Carved from inanimate lumps of stone, these memorials have become more than the monumental tributes they were originally commissioned to be. Now feathered with a gentle coat of dust, each appears to have taken on a life of its own and out of the melancholy of death comes the comforting notion of a presence that will remain. This series of photographs by the inestimable Lee Friedlander will certainly delight with its beauty; it may also surprise with its warmth, and its sense of immortality. Superbly printed in duotone on matte art paper, and bound in rich velvet, Staglieno is published in an edition of 2,000 copies. Introduction by Peter Galassi, Chief Curator, Department of Photography, The Museum of Modern Art, New York."