Title: FACES OF THE RAINFOREST: THE YANOMAMI: ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Powerhouse Books, 2002
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 145 pages. Published in 2002. Retrospective collection of black-and-white photographs, accompanied by a journal. One of the most valuable 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. An austerely elegant production by Valdir Cruz and Daniel Power: Oversize-volume format. Red cloth boards with black titles embossed on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs and journals by Valdir Cruz. Essays by Kenneth Good, Vicki Goldberg, the Photography Critic of The New York Times, and Trudie Styler. Together with her rock star-husband Sting, Styler is the founder of the Rainforest Foundation. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper by EBS in Verona, Italy to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Valdir Cruz's "Faces of The Rainforest". One of the few ground-breaking collections on its subject ever published. "A prophetic portrait of a people on the brink of extinction. The Yanomami, native to Venezuela and Brazil, are descendants of those who migrated over the Bering Strait some twenty centuries ago, and have been residents of the Amazon for the past 15, 000 years. Though they are one of the last remaining societies untouched by modernization, interference from outsiders has incontestably altered the fragile future of the Yanomami, as documented in 'Darkness In El Dorado' by Patrick Tierney. Like Edward S. Curtis' photographs before him, Cruz's haunting images are made all the more hallucinatory by the knowledge that this ancient culture is about to disappear off the face of the earth" (Trudie Styler). Valdir Cruz is the recipient of the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship, spent eight months among the Yanomami Indians, and contributed his photographs to "Darkness In El Dorado". His work is in the Permanent Collections of The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) and the Brooklyn Museum, among many others, and has been exhibited to critical acclaim throughout the world. He is doing what a philanthropist/conservationist once described as "God's work" even as he has committed himself to photography's oldest and most sacred vocation: Photographing people, places, and things before they finally, totally disappear. An absolute "must-have" title for Valdir Cruz collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed, placed, dated (in the year of publication), and inscribed in black pen on the page opposite the title page by the photographer: "In the hope that this may help ignite that necessary sparkle, and that we may work together in a very near future! Abracos, Valdir Cruz NYC 02/03". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. The recipient is named, an important figure in the art photography world. This title is a contemporary photography classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed and inscribed copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with black-and-white plates. One of the most brilliant Latin-American photographers of our time. A fine copy. ISBN 1576871371. Bookseller Inventory # 19842
Synopsis: Faces of the Rainforest, Valdir Cruz?s first monograph, is a prophetic portrait of a people on the brink of extinction. The Yanomami, native to Venezuela and Brazil, are believed to be descendants of those who migrated over the Bering Strait some twenty centuries ago, and have been residents of the Amazon for the past 15,000 years. Though they are one of the last remaining societies untouched by modernization, interference from outsiders has incontestably altered the fragile future of the Yanomami, as documented in Darkness in El Dorado by Patrick Tierney. Like Edward S. Curtis? photographs before him, Cruz?s haunting images are made all the more hallucinatory by the knowledge that this ancient culture is about to disappear off the face of the earth.
About the Author: Valdir Cruz, the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, spent eight months among the Yanomami Indians and contributed his photographs to Darkness In El Dorado (Norton), finalist for the 2000 National Book Award in Nonfiction. His work is part of the permanent colelction of The Museum of Modern Art and the Brooklyn Museum, both in NY, among others, and has been exhibited to critical acclaim in galleries in North and South America. Born in Brazil, Cruz lives and works in New York City. Kenneth R. Good lived among the Yanomami in Venezuela from 1975 to 1987. He is the author of Into The Heart: One Man's Pursuit Of Love and Knowledge Among The Yanomami (Prentice-Hall), and his articles have been published worldwide. A National Geographic documentary about his expedition to the Amazon forest, "Yanomami Homecoming," has been shown on the "Explorer" series. Vicki Goldberg is the photography critic for The New York Time, and the author of The Power Of Photography, (Abbeville Press, 1993) and has contributed to Jacques Henri Lartigue, (Bulfinch, 1998). She is also a prestigious exhibit curator who was honored with the Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography in 1997. Sting is a cofounder of the Rainforest Foundation and a world famous multi-platinum selling recording artist.
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