Title: THE AGE OF ADOLESCENCE: JOSEPH STERLING ...
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA: Greybull Press, 2005
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: None, As Issued
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 133 pages. Published in 2005. Retrospective collection of photographs. One of the greatest photography books of our time. Limited Clamshell Box Edition of 25 numbered and signed copies. None of the copies was commercially sold. The Limited Edition has the same ISBN as the regular trade edition. Because the publisher went out of business, it is not clear if all of the copies of the Limited Edition were ever completed. The Limited Edition is now rare. A brilliant production by Joseph Sterling and Dimitri Levas: Oversize-volume format. Black cloth boards with photographic reproduction pasted on the recessed center in front, metallic-silver titles embossed on the spine and back, as issued. Photographs by Joseph Sterling. Introduction by David Travis. Original 10 X 14 photographic print laid into the box. Matching black clamshell box with metallic-silver titles embossed on the spine. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in Germany to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents, in its most collectible format, Joseph Sterling's "The Age of Adolescence". One of the best photographic records of The American Teen-ager. "This Age sparkles with the promise of what's to come, hides its insecurities under the cover of bravado, and trembles with excitement about the here and now. From 1959 to 1964 (arguably the Adolescence of America itself), Joseph Sterling photographed teenagers, hanging out after school, at drive-ins, in fast cars. As Sterling himself defined it, 'the world of the adolescent is totally interlaced within itself and incapable of freeing itself. It whirls, rolls, and engulfs what it is allowed to engulf' "(Publisher's blurb). The "Age of Adolescence" shows American kids to be both playful and serious, friendly and menacing, cheerful and pensive. Some images anticipate the work of many contemporary photographers without their necessarily being aware of it. Their remarkable simplicity and effortless grace have re-appeared in so many images of young people ever since. Still, few photographs have the timeless appeal as Joseph Sterling's work. Closely identified with the Institute of Design (ID), Sterling has done work characterized by the technical perfection and formal experimentation identified with the Bauhaus-inspired Institute. Here, he lets go, and the result is simply wonderful. The design by Dimitri Levas, the designer of Bruce Weber's books, gives this book a contemporary look and feel that are compatible with the photographs. It is also, sadly, the last book published by Sterling, who died unexpectedly on November 12, 2010. An absolute "must-have" title for Joseph Sterling collectors. This copy is one of the Limited Edition, indicated, stamped, and hand-numbered as such on the front free endpaper, and it is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Joseph Sterling. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. It comes with a stunningly beautiful 10 X 14 original photographic print that shows two teen-agers in a public beach shower (it appears on Page 90 of the book). The print is very prominently and beautifully archived, numbered, and signed in pencil on verso by the photographer: "486-25 Joseph Sterling Limited Book Edition T. A. O. L. 11/25". This title is a great photography book. As far as we know, this is the only copy of the Limited Clamshell Box Edition With Original Print available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. Please note: There is a second print selection. This is the better one. A rare signed copy thus. 128 duotone plates, 1 original print. One of the greatest American photographers of our time. A flawless collectible copy. ISBN 0972778853. Bookseller Inventory # 15522
Synopsis: Adolescence is a time of drives: sexual, emotional, and vehicular. That age sparkles with the promise of what's to come, hides its insecurities under the cover of bravado, and trembles with excitement about the here and now. From 1959 to 1964 (arguably the adolescence of America), Joseph Sterling photographed teenagers, mostly in and around Chicago, hanging out after school, at drive-ins, in fast cars. As Sterling himself defined it, "the world of the adolescent is totally interlaced within itself and incapable of freeing itself . . . It whirls, rolls, and engulfs what it is allowed to engulf." During that bridging period between postwar peace and prewar upheaval, Sterling was a student himself at Moholy-Nagy's Institute of Design in Chicago, where he studied photography under Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind, and Frederick Sommer with classmates Yasuhiro Ishimoto and Ray Metzker. Looking back now at this body of work in its entirety, a viewer can easily see that America was on the verge of a sea change--Vietnam, drugs, the end of our naeveta as a nation.
Along with an essay by David Travis, Curator of Photography at the Art Institute of Chicago since 1972, this volume collects more than 100 images of a time that's both historically important and emotionally resonant, one in which, as Sterling says, "opportunity is revealed and must be exploited."
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