Title: THERE IS NO EYE: PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN COHEN -...
Publisher: New York City, NY: PowerHouse Books, 2001
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 199 pages. Published in 2001. Retrospective Monograph on the photographer's life-work. One of the most important photography books of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the Softcover Edition. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. An austerely elegant production by Yolanda Cuomo: Oversize-volume format. Pictorial hard boards with titles on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by John Cohen. Essay by Greil Marcus. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in Italy to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents John Cohen's "There Is No Eye". A long-overdue retrospective of the great photographer's body of work, presented in all its singularity, richness, and humanity. "A guided tour through the worlds of artists, poets, and musicians. Cohen's lyrical stories of the cultures he has encountered complement his photographs taken over the past five decades. Featuring never-before-seen photographs of legendary Beat Generation icons, from literary lions Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and Gregory Corso to artists and photographers Grace Hartigan, Franz Kline, Red Grooms, and Robert Frank, and a panoply of American Roots musicians, from Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, and Muddy Waters to Doc Watson, Elizabeth Cotton, and Roscoe Holcomb" (Publisher's blurb). The book's title is from the classic Bob Dylan song, "Highway 61 Revisited": 'You are right John Cohen / Quazimoto was right / Mozart was right / there is no eye / there is only a series of mouths, long live the mouths / your rooftop, if you don't already know, has been demolished". In his illuminating Essay, Greil Marcus interprets this to mean that Cohen's photographs, like all true art, somehow exist beyond and transcend his original intentions. He concludes that Cohen's "eyeless" images are great because they make no tendentious attempt whatsoever to make a point or statement, to convince us of something, or to propagate a certain point-of-view. "There is a saying that the treasures of the universe may be found between the eyes of a horse. One could say that the treasures of the earth may be found between the eyes of John Cohen. For we find in his images the wisdom of simplicity: Its music, and its silence" (Patti Smith). An absolute "must-have" title for John Cohen collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by John Cohen. It is signed diretcly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page, and on top of the page, making his otherwise tiny signature more prominent. This title is a late-modern photography classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: ALL other copies available online have serious flaws ("Near Fine" or "Very Good") because the book soils easily. A rare signed copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with duotone plates. One of the greatest American photographers of the 20th century. A fine copy. ISBN 157687107X. Bookseller Inventory # 20255
Synopsis: ?You are right John Cohen?Quasimoto was right.?There is no eye?there is only a series of mouths?long live the mouths?your rooftop?if you don?t already know?has been demolished?.?
?There is a saying that the treasures of the universe may be found between the eyes of a horse. One could say that the treasures of the earth may be found between the eyes of John Cohen. For we find in the images offered by this humble man, the wisdom of simplicity?its music, and its silence.?
Be it in the Peruvian Andes, in Kentucky bluegrass country, in the Gospel churches of Brooklyn, or in Greenwich Village with Bob Dylan and the Beats, famed musician John Cohen?s vision transcends history, even while it distills the spirit of a period and a place. There is No Eye, Cohen?s first monograph, is a guided tour through the worlds of outsider artists, poets, and musicians. Cohen?s lyrical stories of the cultures he has encountered complement his photographs taken over the past five decades.
Featuring never-before-seen photographs of legendary Beat generation icons, from literary lions Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and Gregory Corso to artists and photographers Grace Hartigan, Franz Kline, Red Grooms, and Robert Frank, and a panoply of American Roots musicians, from Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, and Muddy Waters to Doc Watson, Elizabeth Cotton, and Roscoe Holcomb, There is No Eye captures some of the most influential artists of our time.
About the Author: John Cohen was born in 1932 in New York City. His photographs are in the collecitons of The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Cohen studied photography and painting under Joseph Albers and Herbert Matter at Yale, and his images have been published in Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, and Aperture. Cohen's award-winning films have been screened around the world, and his band, The New Lost City Ramblers, has received several Grammy nominations. He lives in Putnam Valley, New York.; Greil Marcus (Introduction) is the author of Mystery Train, Lipstick Traces, The Dustbin Of History, and Double Trouble, among other books, and writes a monthly column for Interview. Marcus was a member of the Rock Bottom Remainders until the ignominious dissolution of the all-author rock 'n roll band in 1996. Born in San Francisco, he lives in New York City.
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