Title: INDIAN LADDER: A LYRIC JOURNEY: PHOTOGRAPHS ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Albany Institute Of History & Art, 2001
Binding: Soft cover
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 90 pages. Published in 2001. Collection of landscape photographs. One of the most beautiful art photography books of our time. Limited Edition of 1000 copies. Published in a small and limited print run as a softcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. An austerely elegant production by John Yang and Albany Institute of History & Art: Oversize-volume format in oblong shape. Pale gray softcovers with white titles printed on spine, as issued. Photographs by John Yang. Essay by W. Douglas McCombs. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents John Uang's "Indian Ladder". One of the most arresting "re-takes" on Classical landscape photography, one of photography's cornerstones. "Captures in amazing detail the beauty of the landscape around Thacher Park, especially along the Indian Ladder Trail. Yang's photographs are reminiscent of works by the great 19th-century landscape photographers Carleton E. Watkins and William Henry Jackson. His seductive prints lead the viewer on a visual hike along Indian Ladder Trail, opening the eyes to expansive scenery at one moment and drawing one inward at the next, into dark and mysterious chambers of layered rock. A quiet timelessness pervades his scenes. A lyric journey, filled with a sense of self-discovery" (Publisher's blurb). John Yang is an American photographer of Chinese descent who deserves to be much better-known. Mainstream recognition of his sublime work is very long overdue and well-deserved. An absolute "must-have" title for John Yang collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the half-title page by John Yang. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is now collectible. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the First Edition/First Printing 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 finest American photographers of our time. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JOHN YANG TITLE IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0939072165. Bookseller Inventory # 13006
Synopsis: Beautiful landscape photographs of the Helderberg Escarpment in New York State by renowned photographer John Yang.
From the Back Cover: Since 2001, New York City photographer John Yang has captured in amazing detail the beauty of the landscape around Thacher Park, fifteen miles west of Albany, New York. The park is marked by a massive wall of rock nearly 1,100 feet in height, known as the Helderberg Escarpment. It is a prominent geological feature that marks the landscape and defines the northern limits of the Helderberg Mountains, the third most significant mountain chain in New York State. According to local lore, American Indians constructed a ladder at the escarpment in order to traverse the steep rock wall. The legendary ladder has become ingrained in the identity of the place, to the point that "Indian Ladder" is synonymous with Helderberg Escarpment. In 1914, land along the ridge was donated to the State of New York and dedicated as the John Boyd Thacher State Park in honor of Albany's former mayor, historian, and foresighted conservationist.
Yang's stunning photographs of the Indian Ladder Trail are reminiscent of works by the great nineteenth-century photographers Carleton E. Watkins and William Henry Jackson. His seductive prints lead the viewer on a visual hike along Indian Ladder Trail, opening the eyes to expansive scenery at one moment and drawing one inward at the next, into dark and mysterious chambers of layered rock. A quiet timelessness pervades his scenes. Yang's photographic journey along Indian Ladder Trail is a lyric one, filled with a sense of self-discovery.
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