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THE FAMILY ALBUM OF LUCYBELLE CRATER AND OTHER FIGURATIVE PHOTOGRAPHS - Rare Pristine Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing/First-State DJ: Signed by James Rhem - ONLY SIGNED COPY ONLINE

Meatyard, Ralph Eugene (Photographer) & Rhem, James (Author)

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ISBN 10: 1891024299 / ISBN 13: 9781891024290
Published by New York City, NY: Distributed Art Publishers (DAP), 2002
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1st Printing. Signed. 128 pages. Published in 2002. Revised And Expanded Edition of the photographer's classic. One of the greatest photography books of the 20th century, re-presented according to the photographer's original vision. 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 that sold out shortly after publication. The true First Edition comes in the First-State DJ, and is now rare. A brilliant production by Catherine Mills Design Seattle: Oversize-volume format. Gray hard boards with titles embossed on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Ralph Eugene Meatyard. Edited with accompanying essays by James Rhem. The author also interviewed the surviving members of the Lucybelle Crater project. Appendix and Acknowledgments appended at the end. 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. Re-presents, in an elegant and definitive new edition, Ralph Eugene Meatyard's "The Family Album of Lucybelle Crater". His most significant achievement, interspersed with other related figurative photographs. "Originally published in 1974 by the Jargon Society and long out-of-print, 'The Family Album of Lucybelle Crater' is the best-known body of Ralph Eugene Meatyard's work. At once comic and tragic, grotesque and beautiful, the series of 64 images features his wife, Madelyn, in a hag's Halloween mask together with a different friend or relative in a transparent mask. Critic and scholar James Rhem has worked closely with the archives in the photographer's estate as well as directly with his surviving family members to reconstruct Meatyard's original, and unrealized, intentions for the publication of this project. As a result, the Revised Edition features the correct sequencing of images and, most importantly, the missing captions, which, in accordance with Meatyard's instructions, are reproduced in his own handwriting as white type knocked out of a black background. Accompanying the 'Album' are 34 more figurative works, establishing a context for them and exploring important themes in Meatyard's work" (Publisher's blurb). "Ralph Eugene Meatyard was one of only a few photographers who had any sort of influence on my photographic roots. I believed in his bizarre, fictional world" (Cindy Sherman). James Rhem's writings have appeared in The New Art Examiner, The Capital Times, and Newsday. He has contributed pieces to NPR's "All Things Considered" and "The Sunday Show". A meticulous and loving restoration of a masterpiece. An absolute "must-have" title for Ralph Eugene Meatyard collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by its author/curator/critic James Rhem. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a great book. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: This is a copy of the true First Edition, which comes with the First-State DJ. Almost all other copies available online have the different, later-state DJ. A rare signed copy thus. 98 duotone plates. Ralph Eugene Meatyard's "The Family Album of Lucybelle Crater" was selected as one of the greatest photography books in "The Photobook" and by The Hasselblad Center. One of the greatest photographers of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER RALPH EUGENE MEATYARD TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 1891024299. Bookseller Inventory # 20231

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Originally published in 1974 by the Jargon Society and long out of print, The Family Album of Lucybelle Crater is the best-known body of Ralph Eugene Meatyard's work. At once comic and tragic, grotesque and beautiful, the series of 64 images features his wife, Madelyn, in a hag's Halloween mask together in each with a different friend or relative in a transparent mask. Original copies of this small but seminal work now sell for upwards of $500. Critic and scholar James Rhem has worked closely with the archives in the photographer's estate, as well as directly with his surviving family members to reconstruct Meatyard's original, and unrealized, intentions for the publication of this project. As a result, this revised edition features the correct sequencing of images and, most importantly, the missing captions, which, in accordance with Meatyard's instructions, are reproduced in his own handwriting as white type knocked out of a black background. In addition, each surviving participant in the Lucybelle Crater project has been interviewed by Rhem, and the book includes a critical essay and extensive background information. Accompanying the Album are 40 more figurative works establishing a context for it and exploring important themes in Meatyard's work. This is an important rediscovery in the history of American photography.

About the Author: Ralph Eugene Meatyard was born in 1925 and lived in Lexington, Kentucky, where he was part of a circle that included the likes of Thomas Merton, Guy Davenport, and Jonathan Williams. Major influences on his photographic work were Aaron Siskind and Minor White, with whom he studied. He died in 1972.

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Title: THE FAMILY ALBUM OF LUCYBELLE CRATER AND ...

Publisher: New York City, NY: Distributed Art Publishers (DAP), 2002

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition.

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