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Publisher: Tucson, Arizona: Nazraeli Press, 2004
Edition: 1st Edition
Condition: Fine / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 113694
First edition, first and only printing. Signed in black ink on the title page by Solyagua. Hardcover. Fine midnight blue cloth with title stamped in silver on front cover and spine, with duotone plate tipped in debossed front cover; no dust jacket as issued. Unique photograms by Camille Solyagua. Introduction by Paolo Carini. Unpaginated, with 32 single and two-page duotone plates, beautifully printed on heavy fine matte art paper. 16-3/4 x 13-1/2 inches. This first edition was limited to 1000 hardbound copies.
From the Introduction by Paolo Carini: "Standing under the sky on a clear night, one receives the unmistakable impression of being at the centre of a celestial sphere beautifully lit by a multitude of stars. This is humankind's first experience of the cosmos, and the framework for all observational astronomy. The sphere is such an ideal form to reflect our perception of the universe, that for centuries western astronomers described celestial phenomena only in terms of spheres and circles."
From the publisher: "Inspired by the complexities of the sphere and its profound significance in our universe, Camille Solyagua has developed a technique of projecting light through a combination of liquids onto photographic paper, producing images of distant worlds that exist for only a matter of seconds. These elegant photograms play with our perceptions of light and dark, liquid and solid, time, distance and scale. They suggest the invisible by focusing on the visible, thereby constructing an enigmatic bridge between the micro and macrocosmic world. Her small-scale liquid concoctions help us to reflect on the mystery of the cosmos and the delicate balance in which our world exists. This large-format book contains thirty-two plates, printed in duotone on matte art paper, and hand-bound in deep blue cloth."