Title: GLASSWORKS & SECRET LIVES - Rare Pristine ...
Publisher: East Sussex, United Kingdom: Stella Press, 1998
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 55 pages. Published in 1998. The photographer's debut collection of color photographs. One of the most beautiful art photography books of our time. Limited Edition of 250 numbered and signed copies. Published in a small and limited print run as a hardcover original only. The Limited Edition is now rare. An austerely beautiful production by Ron Costley: Regular-sized volume format. Khaki cloth boards with titles imprinted on die-cut paper and pasted on cover and matching green titles embossed on spine, as issued. Photographs by Fay Godwin. Essay by Ian Jeffrey. Notes, List of Plates, and Acknowledgments appended at the end. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in the United Kingdom to the highest standards. In glassine DJ, as issued. Presents Fay Godwin's "Glassworks & Secret Lives". The photographer's first, triumphant foray into color. Fay Godwin is a photographer's photographer, one of the preeminent living "nature" photographers. She has published over sixteen books, many of them in collaboration with great British writers for whom the natural landscape has been a major concern: Ted Hughes, John Fowles, Patricia Beer, and Alan Sillitoe, among others. Like most "nature" photographers, her work has been in black-and-white. Apart from the sinuous use of color in this new collection, Godwin used a special technique, whereby the subjects were all photographed behind glass, nets, plastic, and similar "intervening" materials, resulting in one-of-a-kind images of a gossamer, mysterious, and lyrical beauty. "Majesty" is the operative word in classic landscape photography. "Subtlety" is perhaps the best word for these equally monumental photographs. In his brilliant introductory essay, Ian Jeffrey places Fay Godwin's glassworks in the context of her own large body of work as well as those of her great contemporaries, Richard Long and Hamish Fulton. He rightly speaks of the fantasy-imagery as "post-Romantic", in their sensuousness and cathartic quality as well as in their lucidity and perplexing inscrutability: "The colours of paradise might be good enough to eat and that is certainly on offer in these most beautiful of photographs, but at the same, they carry with them the promise of a fatal attraction. The modern vision of landscape is that the more beautiful it is, the more dangerous, less in itself than in its effects on the beholder, who abandons all judgment" (Ian Jeffrey). An absolute "must-have" title for Fay Godwin collectors. This copy is Number 214, indicated/numbered as such in pencil on the Front Limitation Page, and it is very prominently and beautifully signed in blue pen on the title page by Fay Godwin. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a photography book classic. As far as we know, this is the only copy of the Limited Edition available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. 38 color plates. One of the greatest British photographers of our time. A fine collectible copy. ISBN 0953454509. Bookseller Inventory # 6898
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