Publisher: Paris: Éditions Xavier Barral, 2010
Edition: 1st Edition
Condition: New / New
Item #: 110259
First edition, first printing. Limited clamshell edition of 50 copies with print (image size 8 x 10 inches; paper size 9-1/4 x 11-7/8 inches), numbered, dated and signed verso by Gaumy. The print is matted in a custom, debossed cloth-covered folio that is laid in the clamshell box together with the book. Hardcover. Coarse cloth-covered boards with title debossed in black on cover and spine; with photographically illustrated, French-fold dust jacket; contained in a custom clamshell box. Photographs by Jean Gaumy. Excerpted text (in French, English and Italian) by René Daumal. Unpaginated (108 pp.), with 42 black-and-white plates. 12-1/2 x 15-1/4 inches. [Cited in Martin Parr and Gerry Badger, The Photobook: A History, Volume III. (London and New York: Phaidon, 2014)].
New in publisher's packaging.
From the publisher: "The photographs presented are part of a project that began in 2003. They constitute the prologue to a project of photographic reconnaissance performed by the artist, who travelled to the Arctic Circle to lands contaminated by Chernobyl, while also frequently returning to the high plains of the Occitan Piedmont Mountains. For the author, they represent the point of reference for his desire to trace an evolution from which the human race is intentionally absent. The book contains over forty extremely stylised photographs, sometimes tending towards abstraction, but that also have an intimate quality to them. The photographs are followed by two important passages from Mont Analogue by René Daumal."