Publisher: Santa Fe, New Mexico and Oakland, California: Twin Palms Publishers and TBW Books (These Birds Walk), 2015
Edition: 1st Edition
Condition: New / New
Item #: 111805
First edition, first printing. Limited edition of 100 stamp-numbered (#1-100 from the total edition of 300), slipcased copies of Tones and Dirt and Bone (published by Twin Palms Publishers, but specially packaged for this limited edition by TBW Books), signed and inscribed "Oakland, U.S.A. / TBW Books, 2015" on the title page by Brodie, with 2 Type-C prints (8 x 8 inches), signed verso by Brodie and printed on Kodak F-Surface (glossy) paper. Brodie intentionally excluded these prints from the final edit of the trade edition of the book and reserved them for this TBW Books' Special Limited Edition (with 2 Prints).
The book is contained in a heavy, multi-paneled, screenprinted and die-cut chipboard slipcase that reveals the book's cover plate. An additional 200 copies of this slipcased edition round out TBW Books' limited edition presentation, so the total edition size as noted on the slipcase is 300.
The book: Tones of Dirt and Bone was published in a trade edition of 3000 unnumbered copies by Twin Palms Publishers (2015). First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Photographically illustrated paper-covered boards with title printed in black on quarter-bound gray linen spine; with clear acetate dust jacket. Photographs and text by Mike Brodie. Includes a list of plates. Designed and edited by Mike Brodie, Paul Schiek and Jack Woody. 88 pp., with 48 four-color plates and 2 additional illustrations (one by Paul Schiek). 11-5/8 x 10-1/4 inches.
New in publisher's packaging.
From the publisher of the Limited Editions (TBW Books): "TBW Books continues its long-established relationship with Mike Brodie with our release of the Limited Edition for Tones of Dirt and Bone. Designed and produced in Oakland California, the limited edition was carefully crafted to both complement the work in the book and pair handsomely with the previous limited editions produced for A Period of Juvenile Prosperity. This edition brings together elements of Brodie's handwritten notes and images from the book to create a unique package that embodies his earliest works and TBW Books' own affinity for simple materials and refined design."
From the publisher of the trade edition (Twin Palms Publishers): "The images in Tones of Dirt and Bone were made between 2004 and 2006, with a Polaroid camera and Time Zero film. Brodie used the characteristics and limitations inherent to this type of camera and film to his advantage. The portraits he made are further enhanced by the peculiar color palette of the film. Due to the restriction of manual focus and expensive film, that came only ten sheets to a box, each image feels deliberate and precious."
From The Guardian: "Self-taught and naturally talented, Brodie often homes in on telling details: an adolescent neck dappled with love bites; a child’s small battered boot tucked between the even more battered boots of a parent; a lone wooden cross, strewn with flowers and soft toys, with the word “SON” handwritten on it. These are the fragments he has gathered in his itinerant existence, each one a signifier of a community beyond the realms of traditional society.
There is a melancholy undertow to his best pictures – a sense of loss, and a sense of lives surrendered to drift, survival and danger. The objects and landscapes he photographed all carry a similar sense of mystery: a bunch of leafy flowers, or a dead bird held in an outstretched hand; a railway track or a wintery road disappearing into the horizon. Everything is bathed in the soft, nostalgic tones that made Polaroid film such an evocative medium."
From the artist: "I have ridden trains over 50,000 miles and taken over 7,000 photographs. I won first place and $10,000 in a photo contest. I gave the money to my mom. I got Internet famous. I deleted my website and stopped taking photos, went back to school and became a diesel mechanic. I don't think much about being rich. I don't want to be famous but I hope this work is remembered forever."