Publisher: Minneapolis, Minnesota: Cray Research, Inc., 1987
Edition: 1st Edition
Condition: New / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 101428
First edition, first and only printing. Signed in blue ink on the first page by Friedlander (recent signature, not part of the limited edition of 500 signed copies at the time of publication). 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. Out of print. A very scarce New signed copy.
[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 (slit open for signature).
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.