Title: CHRIS STEELE-PERKINS: AFGHANISTAN - Rare ...
Publisher: London, England: Westzone, 2001
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 127 pages. Published in 2001. Collection of photographs on subject. One of the greatest documentary photography books of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. A brilliant production by Chris Steele-Perkins and Rose Design London: Oversize-volume format. Black hard boards with white titles on spine, as issued. Photographs by Chris Steele-Perkins. Introduction by Andre Velter. Poems, prose-poems, and narratives taken from "Ego Monstre" (by Sayd Bohodine Majrouh) are interspersed throughout the book with the images. All of the photographs are reproduced in miniature and appended at the end with Captions by the photographer. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in the United Kingdom to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Chris Steele-Perkins' "Afghanistan". His profoundly personal homage and celebration of Afghanistan, a place he visited numerous times in the course of five years. Throughout those years, the country was devastated by a succession of wars, as it still is today. The photographer is not trying to ignore the horrors of war. Still, he is right to realize that in order to do justice to this long-suffering country, the appropriate response is not a book of photojournalism, but a photography book that transcends journalism (while being grounded in it). His "message" is hopeful and as a result, the photographs are unforgettable rather than sensationalistic. Steele-Perkins seeks to capture the continuing cycles of everyday life despite the fact of war, resulting in a collection of images of wonder and violence, terror and joy. Excerpts from the masterpiece of the greatest Afghan writer of the 20th century, Sayd Bohodine Majrouh, who was assassinated in 1988, deepen the poignance of the book in a way that no journalistic commentary ever can. Steele-Perkins is one of the world's foremost photojournalists and served as President of Magnum between 1995 and 1999. He is best-known for his classic, "The Teds". To his credit, he realizes the drastic limits of journalism. "It was heroic, beautiful, violent, twisted, gracious, and tragic. The experience of being there works its way narcotically into one's being; an infection of the soul demanding that you return" (Chris Steele-Perkins). A masterpiece. An absolute "must-have" title for Chris Steele-Perkins collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Chris Steele-Perkins. 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 copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. 70 duotone plates. One of the greatest photographers of our time. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER CHRIS STEELE-PERKINS TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 190339113X. Bookseller Inventory # 13590
Synopsis: "Afghanistan" is introduced by the French essayist and traveller André Velter and includes essays and verses by the Afghani poet Sayd Bahodine Majrouh, who was assassinated in Pakistan in 1988. 76 duotone photographs.
From the Publisher: Chris Steele-Perkins first went to Afghanistan in 1994 on assignment for Medicins Sans Frontières. It had long held a place in his imagination, going back to the days of the Hippy Trail. The reality, as always, was completely different and infinitely more compelling: "It was heroic, beautiful, violent, twisted, gracious and tragic. The experience of being there works its way narcotically into one's being; an infection of the soul demanding that you return."
These photographs are drawn from four trips Steele-Perkins made to Afghanistan during the course of four years. In the midst of a complex civil war, he captures the continuing cycles of everyday life. Images from the front line mingle with scenes of disrupted life in the fields, villages and towns; of an orphanage; of refugees and displaced families; of lapis lazuli miners; of someone picking up the pieces after the 1998 earthquake; of a cock fight and the horseback sport of bushkashi.
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