Title: MOUNT ZION: SEPULCHRAL PORTRAITS - Rare ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Aperture Foundation, 2001
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: None, As Issued
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 90 pages. Published in 2001. Collection of photographs. One of the greatest art photography books of the new century. The first and only edition. Published in a small and limited print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. An austerely elegant production by John Yang and Aperture Foundation: Regular-sized volume format. Pictorial hard boards with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by John Yang. There is minimal text. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper by EBS in Verona, Italy to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents John Yang's "Mount Zion". One of the most unusual landscape-cum-portrait collections ever taken by a contemporary photographer. "Mount Zion refers to an Orthodox Jewish cemetery in Queens, New York, built in 1893, sandwiched between a New York City Sanitation plant and the Long Island Expressway. Sepulchral Portraits refer to miniature photographs once placed on many of Mount Zion's tombstones, a custom brought over by Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe. These images were burned onto porcelain or metal tablets and then glazed. The process was, at the time, seen as permanent. But the ravages of the elements, pollution, and vandals have transformed these portraits into something else altogether. What remains of them, and what has become of them, is what John Yang has set out to portray in his series of photographs" (Aperture Foundation). The result is one of the most beautifully moving photographic records we shall ever see. Every single photograph in this collection quivers with life, memory, pain, and beauty. 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. 88 color plates. One of the finest American photographers of our time. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JOHN YANG TITLE IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 189102423X. Bookseller Inventory # 13005
Synopsis: Mount Zion refers to an Orthodox Jewish cemetery in Queens, New York, built in 1893, sandwiched between a New York City Sanitation plant and the Long Island Expressway. ''Sepulchral portraits'' refer to miniature photographs once placed on many of Mount Zion's tombstones, a custom brought over by Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe. These images--often heavily retouched--were burned onto porcelain or metal tablets, and then glazed. The process was, at the time, advertised as permanent; but the ravages of the elements, pollution, and vandals have transformed these portraits into something else altogether. What remains of them--and what has become of them--is what John Yang has set out to portray in his own series of photographs, taken between 1994 and 1998. The result is a fiercely moving document, a meditation on morality, memory, the urban landscape, and the photographic process. Much like his subject matter, Yang's photographs are themselves memorials--to Mount Zion, to its urban environment, to its occupants, to the gesture of its sepulchral portraits, and to photography itself.
About the Author: New York-based photographer John Yang's previous books include "Over the Door: The Ornamental Stonework of New York". His work is represented in numerous public and private collections, including such major institutions as the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
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