"The history of the photographic book goes back well more than a century; the medium of photography and the book format were understood very early on to relate to each other on both technical and aesthetic levels. The examples of truly great combinations of photographic image and text, great design and typography bound together as books are numerous, and make up an impressive artistic, social, and documentary statement of the 20th century. Writer and rare book expert Andrew Roth has selected for this volume a group of 101 of the best photography books ever published: books that bring all of the elements of great bookmaking together to create, ultimately, a thing of beauty, a work of art. Mostly made up of publications in which the photographs were meant to be seen in book form, as opposed to the book being merely a repository of images, this list includes many artists and titles that will be familiar to the collector, but also not a few surprises. Chronologically, the first book is Volume One of Edward Curtis's seminal 1907 The North American Indian, the last is David LaChapelle's LaChapelle Land from 1996, and in between are books by Walker Evans and Berenice Abbott, Atget and Brassai, Robert Frank and Garry Winogrand, and many other seminal photographers from all over the world. Each book in the catalogue will receive a double page spread which will include publication information, several image spreads, and a short text about it. The Book of 101 Books, however, is far more than simply an annotated and illustrated catalogue. Six important new essays on a variety of related topics from respected scholars, critics, and artists are included as well: here you will find Richard Benson on the history of printing techniques, Shelley Rice on the societal significance of photography books, May Castleberry on reprints, exhibitions, and keeping books alive for the public; Daido Moriyama on his personal memories of making his classic Bye Bye Photography, Dear, Neville Wakefield on the particular attributes of one of the most recent books in this group: Richard Prince's 1995 Adult Comedy Action Drama, and Jeffrey Fraenkel on the myriad perils of publishing photography books. The catalogue entries themselves are written by the well known critics Vince Aletti and David Levi Strauss. Taken together, the depth and beauty of these essays and images will make The Book of 101 Books both an essential reference and an aesthetically compelling object."
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Vince Aletti writes about photography for Aperture magazine, Modern Painters, the New Yorker, and Photograph. He is the recipient of the 2005 Infinity Award for writing from the International Center of Photography.
The Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco, founded in 1979 by Jeffrey Fraenkel, has established itself as one of the leading photography galleries in the United States by presenting the work of such seminal artists as Diane Arbus, Carelton Watkins and Garry Winogrand. Fraenkel has also produced some of the medium's finest catalogues and books, including Lee Friedlander: The Little Screens, Robert Adams: Turning Back and Richard Avedon: Made in France.
May Castleberry is the Editor for the Library Council at The Modern Museum of Art, New York.
A New York based critic and historian, Shelley Rice has taught, lectured, and published widely in the United States and abroad. Her book Parisian Views received wide acclain, while her articles have appeared in The New Republic, Art in America, and Art Forum, among other journals. Her many awards include Hasselblad Center, Fulbright, and NEH grants and a Guggenheim Fellowship.
Richard Benson, Dean of the Yale University School of Art for for ten years from 1996-2006, and a professor of photography there for the last 20, is an internationally renowned expert on photographic printing. He has won MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellowships, grants from the NEA, and many other awards. He has printed numerous distinguished photography books, including such classics as The Works of Atget, Lee Friedlander's The American Monument, and Irving Penn's Passage.
"Neville Wakefield's writings on art have been published in several magazines, including Artforum, Frieze, Vogue, and Elle Decor, at the last of which he is contributing editor. He has written texts for the monographs of such artists as Matthew Barney, Vija Celmins, Adam Fuss, Nan Goldin, and Wolfgang Tillmans. He also coedited Scalo Publishers' classic Fashion: Photography of the 90s."
"David Levi Strauss, a highly respected writer and critic, currently teaches at New York University. Among his books are Francesca Woodman and Miguel Rio Branco. He writes for numerous journals including Parkett, Art Forum, Fotografia 6X9, and The Nation."
Daido Moriyama was born near Osaka in 1938. He now lives and works in Tokyo. In 1960, Moriyama moved to Tokyo to join the eminent photographers' group VIVO. Since then he has collaborated with many prominent Japanese photographers including Eikoh Hosoe and Noboyushi Araki. He is widely considered one of the most important and influential living photographers in the world.
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Book Description Roth Horowitz, LLC, 2001. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0967077451