1st Printing. Signed. 32 pages. Published in 2006. Artist Book. Now considered a contemporary photography classic. Limited Edition of 750 numbered and signed copies. The first and only edition. The Limited Edition is now rare. A brilliant production by Melanie Mues: Small-size volume format. Cream hard boards with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. The boards are covered in caked mud, dirt, and soil. Photographs and brief text by Stephen Gill. Original color print encased in its own cream envelope. Matching slipcase. Printed on thick coated stock paper to the highest standards. In publisher's original shrinkwrap. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Stephen Gill's "Buried". The artist/photographer's third collection of color photographs, all of which were buried at Hackney Wick for an indefinite period of time. Gill dug them up again and then re-shot the buried photographs. Upon printing the books, he buried them too, to complete the "burying effect" (resulting in heavily soiled covers and a few page edges, too). In "Hackney Wick", Stephen Gill used a "low-tech" camera partly to expose the shallow glamor of the glossy "hi-tech" camera. He takes that idea to its final step, not just its logical conclusion, with this book. Why? "Not knowing what a photograph would look like once it was dug up introduced an element of chance and surprise which I found appealing. This feeling of letting go and collaborating with place, allowing it also to work on putting the finishing touches to a picture, felt fair. Maybe the spirit of the place can make its mark" (Stephen Gill). His aim is akin to his other books: "Invisible" makes us aware of what we take for granted and therefore miss, the very color of modern life itself. "Unseen UK" shows the United Kingdom through a collaboration with anonymous postal workers, as only they could see it. To our tired eyes, the photographs in "Buried" look scratched and damaged, irreparably so. It's his toughest, most challenging, "open-your-eyes" assignment yet: Establishing a tangible relation between an object (the photograph) and a place (by burying it there). The most concrete realization of the "object-in-relation-to-place" motif that runs throughout Stephen Gill's oeuvre. An absolute "must-have" title for Stephen Gill collectors. This copy is one of the Limited Edition, indicated/numbered as such on the Back Limitation Page, and it is very prominently and beautifully signed in pencil on the title page by Stephen Gill. It comes with an archival 4 X 7 inch original color print that is in pristine condition and therefore eminently suitable for burying. Please note: The actual print will vary as we opened only one copy for reference. This title is a contemporary art photography classic. This is one of very few copies of the Limited Edition still available online, is still in the publisher's original shrinkwrap, and is deliberately soiled and smeared, a beauty. A rare signed copy thus. 30 color plates, 1 original print. Stephen Gill's "Hackney Wick" was selected as one of the greatest photography books in "The Photobook". One of the most brilliant photographers of our time. As conceived, a flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER STEPHEN GILL TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0954940547. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: BURIED - Rare Pristine/Shrinkwrapped Copy of...
Publisher: London, England: Nobody Books
Book Condition: As New
Edition: 1st Edition.
Book Description Nobody, 0. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Buried Published by Nobody Limited to just 750 in total each book comes with one of two C-Type prints, and a card slipcase. Each book is signed at the front and numbered at the back. Buried comprises of images taken in Hackney Wick and then buried there. Gill found the idea of introducing the element of chance and surprise and the not knowing what an image would look like once it was dug up very appealing. It also felt fair to him to collaborate with the place, allowing it also to work on each picture putting its finishing touches to each one. The poignancy of this project is that the area of Hackney Wick where these pictures were taken is soon to be itself buried, under the redevelopment that is the 2012 London Olympics. With regular copies of his last book ‘Hackney Wick' now changing hands at over £150, Stephen Gill's new book ‘Buried' is also likely to be highly sought after. Whilst I am not able to sort the books to supply a particular image, I have sorted a number of pairs of books for people wanting both images. The book is hardbound with 32pp and measures 190 x 135mm. Each book was itself buried briefly, prior to insertion to the slipcase, to add the finishing touches to the project and giving each cover its unique markings. ‘The photographs in this book were taken in Hackney Wick and later buried there. The amount of time the images were left underground varied depending on the amount of rainfall. The depths that the pictures were buried at also varied, as did their positioning, sometimes they were facing each other, sometimes back to back or sometimes singly. When burying my first batch of prints, a man spotted me and asked what i was doing, not wishing to give the location away of some of my buried pictures, but it sounded a bit weird to say that I was burying photographs, so I replied that I was looking for Newts, as soon as I said that I found a newt and lifted it up and said look there's one. Not knowing what an image would look like once it was dug up introduced an element of chance and surprise which I found appealing. This feeling of letting go and collaborating with place - allowing it also to work on putting the finishing touches to a picture - felt fair. Maybe the sprit of the place can also make its mark.’ – Stephen Gill. Bookseller Inventory # 2301
Book Description London: Nobody Books, 2006. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. No Jacket. 1st Edition. First edition, first printing. Condition: New, opened for signature only. Each copy of the book (Nos. 254 and 688 respectively) is signed by Gill, in pencil, to the title page and contains (in a sealed envelope laid in at the rear) a different one of the two "Bury your own" C-Type print variants (height 18.4cm x width 12cm) made available in the limited signed and numbered edition of 750. [Please see the additional photograph for stock images of the two variant prints.] Hardcover. Cream printed paper covered boards (with mud attached by Gill) with the title to the upper side and spine. Each copy is housed in a card slipcase, with the titles in blind to the upper side. No dust jacket, as issued. Photographs and text by Stephen Gill. Designed by Melanie Mues. Each copy 8vo (19cm x 13.5cm), pp.32, 35 colour illustrations. From Stephen Gill: "The photographs in this book were taken in Hackney Wick and later buried there. The amount of time the images were left underground varied depending on the amount of rainfall. The depths that the pictures were buried at also varied, as did their positioning. Sometimes they were facing each other, sometimes back to back or sometimes buried singly. When burying my first batch of photographs, a passing man spotted me and asked what I was doing. Not only did I not want to give the location away of some of my buried pictures, but it just sounded a bit weird to say that I was burying photographs so replied that I was looking for newts. As soon as I'd said that I looked down and saw a newt at my feet. Not knowing what an image would look like once it was dug up introduced an element of chance and surprise which I found appealing. This feeling of letting go and in a way collaborating with place (allowing it also to work on putting the finishing touches to a picture) felt fair. Maybe the spirit of the place can also make its mark.". Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 1