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Lee Friedlander: Cherry Blossom Time in Japan (Special Limited Edition Book of 25 Photogravure Prints)

Publisher: New City, New York: Haywire Press, 1986
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hardcover
Condition: As New / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 112039



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Special limited edition book of 50 signed and numbered copies, plus 5 artist's copies, with 25 bound-in photogravures. Housed in a pink cloth-covered slipcase. Each photogravure is signed and numbered in pencil on recto. Copyright stamp in black ink on verso. Images 8-1/2 x 12-3/4 inches, whether horizontal or vertical; sheets 15 x 20-1/4 inches. [Note: four photogravures not included in the book were issued as separate prints in an edition of 50 plus 6 artist's copies.]

ABOUT THE BOOK: This special limited edition book is the first and only edition and printing. Hardcover. Pink cloth-covered boards; no dust jacket as issued. Photographs by Friedlander. Designed by Katy Homans. Calligraphy by Shuntei Taniguchi. Richard Benson made the endpapers on his press, based on an old Japanese textile. Unpaginated (52 pp.), with 25 photogravures printed by Thomas Palmer, Rhode Island. 15-1/4 x 20-1/2 inches. [See: Peter Galassi, Friedlander. (New York: MoMA, 2005), "Books, Special Editions, and Portfolios" (pp. 444-459), #22.]

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.


As New (from Friedlander's personal archive).