Title: IDA WYMAN: CHORDS OF MEMORY - Rare Fine Copy...
Publisher: Chicago, IL: Think Ink & Design, 2014
Binding: Soft cover
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: None, As Issued
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 61 pages. Published in 2014. Retrospective collection of black-and-white photographs. The first and only edition. Published in a tiny print run as a softcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. An austerely elegant production by Zucker Design: Oversize-volume format. Pictorial softcovers with titles on the cover, as issued. Photographs and text by Ida Wyman. Essay by Melanie Herzog, who supplies the book's title. Her piece is the single best introduction to the photographic art of Ida Wyman. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Ida Wyman's "Chords of Memory". A collection of photographs created by Ida Wyman for ACME NewsPictures. Wyman is best-known (though not well-known-enough) as one of the leading (and, at age 88 at the time of publication, one of very few surviving) members of The Photo League. As such, she is a descendant of the oldest calling of photography, of such legendary figures as Jacob Riis and Lewis Hine: Documentary, to document, for the appropriate moment and for posterity, life itself, and through life, the human condition insofar as it is possible for the medium to capture and evoke an otherwise broad and abstract reality. Documentary photography remains the most vital photographic genre, THE photographic enterprise to this day. The contrast is instructive: Whereas the dominant cinematic genre is "fiction" (hence its dependence on literary sources, and with rare exceptions, film documentaries are relegated to the TV monitor instead of shown on the big screen), photography remains stubbornly "documentary", a word that does not adequately describe what Melanie Herzog calls the fusion of "realism" with "aesthetic presence". "These photographic vignettes of life in urban centers and small towns in the United States chronicle the human experience and material reality at a particular moment in time. Ida Wyman's work is a testament to the vitality of documentary photography as a fundamentally humanist practice. The lasting impact of her photographs derives from their aesthetic presence as well as their incisive and compassionate visual recording of mid-20th-century moments, striking chords of memory" (Melanie Herzog). An absolute "must-have" title for Ida Wyman collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Ida Wyman. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is now collectible. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the First Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. 40 black-and-white plates. One of the most important American photographers of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO "THIS WAS THE PHOTO LEAGUE" TITLE IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0615932681. Bookseller Inventory # 19917
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