Publisher: New York: The Eakins Press Foundation, 2017
Edition: 2nd Edition
Condition: New / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 113262
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Second edition of 2000 copies (same as the 1976 first edition). Signed by Friedlander. Hardcover. Light green cloth, with title stamped in black and gilt on cover and spine, post-bound and assembled with removable metal pins; no dust jacket as issued. Photographs by Friedlander. Essays by Leslie George Katz and Peter Galassi. Design and typography by Katy Homans based on the original concept devised by Lance Hidy and Leslie George Katz. 170 pp., with 213 duotone plates printed on fine heavy stock un-coated paper by the Meriden Gravure Company, Meriden, Connecticut, from halftone separations made by Thomas Palmer, under the supervision of Daniel Frank. Binding by Roswell Bookbinding, Arizona. Special binding was designed so that individual sheets could be removed and exhibited. 12 x 17 inches.
[First edition cited in Andrew Roth, ed., The Book of 101 Books: Seminal Photographic Books of the Twentieth Century. (New York: PPP Editions in association with Roth Horowitz LLC, 2001), in Andrew Roth, ed., The Open Book. (Göteborg, Sweden: Hasselblad Center in association with Steidl Verlag, Göttingen, Germany, 2004), in Martin Parr and Gerry Badger, The Photobook: A History, Volume II. (London and New York: Phaidon, 2006). and in Peter Galassi, Friedlander. (New York: MoMA, 2005), "Books, Special Editions, and Portfolios" (pp. 444-459), #7.]
New in publisher's packaging (opened only for signature).
From the publisher: "Originally published to great acclaim in 1976, The American Monument has become one of the most sought-after photography publications of the twentieth century. Long out of print, with only a rare few available on the secondary market, this second edition makes a treasure available once more to new audiences. Published in the same over-sized format as the first edition—with exquisite reproductions of 213 photographs—the album of post-bound single sheets can easily be temporarily disassembled for display. Considered by many, including Friedlander himself, to be one of his most important books, The American Monument has influenced generations of photographers. The second edition includes a new essay by eminent photography curator and Friedlander scholar, Peter Galassi, which illuminates the history and continued significance of this publication. This album by Lee Friedlander is a memorial in photographs to the American monument. The photographs were selected from several thousand negatives and more than a thousand prints the photographer made of the subject during a dozen years while traveling throughout the United States. The curator John Szarkowski stated: 'I am still astonished and heartened by the deep affection of those pictures, by the photographer’s tolerant equanimity in the face of the facts, by the generosity of spirit, the freedom from pomposity and rhetoric. One might call this work an act of high artistic patriotism, an achievement that might help us reclaim that word from ideologues and expediters."