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Mike Brodie: Tones of Dirt and Bone, Deluxe Limited Edition Boxset and Display Case (with 3 Type-C Prints)

Publisher: Santa Fe, New Mexico and Oakland, California: Twin Palms Publishers and TBW Books (These Birds Walk), 2015
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Boxed Set
ISBN: 9781936611102
Condition: New / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 112121



Price is net to all; promotional discounts do not apply.


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First edition, first printing. Special limited edition boxset of 20 copies (plus 5 Artist's Proofs), with 3 Type-C prints, enclosed in a handcrafted, powder coated aluminum case and shelf, which is laser engraved with the colophon. The case features a 1/4-inch thick, die-cut aluminum cover, revealing the book's cover plate. A hidden anchor enables clients to turn the case around and display either a print or the aluminum plate/book cover.

The boxset includes:

Three Type-C prints (8 x 8 inches), signed verso by Brodie and printed on Kodak F-Surface (glossy) paper. The prints are mounted with an 8-ply acid free matt, and clients may select which of the prints to display.

Tones of Dirt and Bone (published by Twin Palms Publishers, but specially packaged for this special edition by TBW Books). Signed and inscribed "Oakland, U.S.A. / TBW Books, 2015" on the title page by Brodie. First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Photographically illustrated paper-covered boards with title printed in black on quarter-bound gray linen spine; no dust jacket as issued for this boxed edition. 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. This first edition was limited to 3000 unnumbered copies.


New in publisher's packaging.


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."