Title: PRIVATE PLACES: PHOTOGRAPHS OF CHICAGO ...
Publisher: Santa Fe, NM: The Center For American Places, 2005
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 70 pages. Published in 2005. The photographer's breakthrough collection of color photographs on subject. One of the most beautiful photography books of our time. Limited Edition of 2750 copies. The first and only edition. Published as a hardcover original only by The American Center for American Places as part of the ongoing series to document for posterity valuable natural and man-made environments in the United States. A brilliant production by Brad Temkin and David Skolkin: Regular-sized volume format. Mustard cloth boards with titles embossed on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Brad Temkin. Essay, "Green Thoughts", by Rod Slemmons. List of Plates appended at the end. Printed on 170 gsm Silk Gallery thick coated stock paper by the legendary Oddi Printing in Iceland to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Brad Temkin's "Private Places". A warmer, sunnier, and more radiant view of Chicago, which has a well-deserved reputation as the "dead-of-winter". People with chilly scenes of winter in mind can be forgiven if they think that this sun-drenched view of Chicago is sheer fantasy, literally impossible. Impossible to imagine perhaps, but here they are for real: Luxuriant and glorious gardens in Wicker Park, Lakeview, Pilsen, Edgewater, Ravenswood, Skokie, and Bucktown, among other places. "Brad Temkin has captured something poignant and wonderful about the human urge to be in harmony with Nature even in the bleakest and most urban circumstances" (Corcoran Gallery of Art). If you have a green thumb or love gardens, you will pore and linger over every image in this book again and again. Still, its greatest achievement is that you do not have to have a garden to be captivated by and become addicted to it. An absolute "must-have" title for Brad Temkin collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed and dated (in the year of publication) in black pen-marker on the title page by the photographer: "Brad Temkin 2005". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a contemporary photography classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed and dated 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. 52 color plates. One of the finest American photographers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER BRAD TEMKIN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 1930066414. Bookseller Inventory # 20224
Synopsis: "A garden has this advantage, that it makes it indifferent where you live. A well-laid garden makes the face of the country of no account; let that be low or high, grand or mean, you have made a beautiful abode worthy of man." Thousands of Chicagoans have taken Ralph Waldo Emerson's words to heart, and they have shared their "beautiful abodes" with photographer Brad Temkin. His Private Places offers an intimate glimpse into the personal gardens of Chicago residents, exploring how they carved out these quiet spaces of flora and greenery in the cityscape of concrete and brick.
Temkin's camera lens captures the lushness and vibrancy of these backyard gardens, roving over the diverse natural and artificial elements contained in each. His images chronicle how gardens are safe havens for these city dwellers, places where they can read, meditate, relax, and enjoy the experience of working with the soil and its fruits. Temkin notes, "The small gardens have bits and pieces of the person who owns them; found objects that are dear to them, keepsakes, statues, and personal items that reveal the person behind it."
The motto of the city of Chicago is "Urbs in horto," a Latin phrase meaning "city in a garden." Temkin's compelling photographs reveal the flip side of the motto?"garden in a city"?as Private Places unearths the richly sensual world of the natural tucked away behind the clustered town houses and brick edifices of Chicago's residential neighborhoods.
About the Author:
Brad Temkin teaches photography at Columbia College Chicago. His photographs are part of numerous permanent collections including those of the Art Institute of Chicago; Krannert Art Museum in Champaign, Illinois; the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago; and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.
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