Title: IDUBAI: PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOEL STERNFELD - Rare...
Publisher: Gottingen, Germany: Gerhard Steidl Druckerei Und Verlag, 2010
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: None, As Issued
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 160 pages. Published in 2010. Retrospective collection of color photographs. One of the most important documentary photography books of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a tiny first print run as a hardcover original only. A brilliant production by Joel Sternfeld and Gerhard Steidl: Small-size volume format in wide oblong shape. Orange cloth boards with gilt titles embossed on the cover and spine and shimmering glitter, as issued. Photographs by Joel Sternfeld. Essay by Jonathan Crary. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in Gottingen, Germany to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Joel Sternfeld's "iDubai". Cell-phone images. Every page consists of three, actual-size reproductions of digital pictures that Sternfeld took using his Apple iPhone (hence the title). Since he is not just another iPhone user, his images capture a phenomenal social reality as no other photographer has thus far (except perhaps for Martin Parr, who has not, however, adopted the iPhone camera) : An exhaustive and exhilarating mobile gaze of a wholly man-made, artificial Paradise on Earth, fully realized in the desert cosmopolis of Dubai. There is nothing else in the world quite like Dubai: A wholehearted, total embrace of Western capitalism (in its most advanced consumerist phase) by a Middle Eastern/Arab kingdom whose values and culture remain, at least officially, orthodox Muslim. That more and more of Dubai's inhabitants are self-transplanted, permanent-resident Westerners is a testament to its magnetic allure (they help run the country efficiently). "What Parisian shopping arcades were to the nineteenth century and early-capitalism, Dubai's luxurious mega-malls are to the new millennium and late-capitalism. The Baudelairean flaneur, who patrolled the avenues as a detached observer, is today replaced by the 'phoneur', a wired wanderer who uses a cell phone to text, call, surf, and snap digital images on the fly" (Publisher's blurb). Sternfeld does show some of the workers who have made all of this possible, contract labor imported from Third World countries (just as all of the luxury goods are imported from the West), thereby offering a powerful visual critique of Dubai as the Persian Gulf's Disney World, "locating subtler social strata and interactions". An absolute "must-have" title for Joel Sternfeld collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed and dated in black pen on the title page by the photographer: "Joel Sternfeld 10/19/15". 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 and dated 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. 70 color plates. Joel Sternfeld's "American Prospects" was selected as one of the greatest photography books in "The Photobook". One of the finest American photographers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JOEL STERNFELD TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 3865219160. Bookseller Inventory # 20151
Synopsis: As Paris and its shopping arcades were to the 19th Century, Dubai and its wondrous malls may be to the new millennium. The Baudelarian flâneur, is replaced by the phoneur, a wired wanderer who uses the cell phone to text and call and access the internet, all the while snapping digital images on the fly. If the arcades were representative sites of early capitalism, then perhaps the postmodern shopping playgrounds of Dubai are exemplars of advanced capitalism. With this in mind, when Joel Sternfeld visited these malls in 2008, he documented them with the consumer fetish object of the moment - the iPhone. In the process, he achieves a very particular unity of form and content; the object that encapsulates the spirit of an era is used to document that era.
The ramifications of a profusion of mobile phone cameras around the globe are numerous. We have already witnessed this phenomenon becoming a platform for news construction with civilian journalism changing the documentation of events. In Dubai, Joel Sternfeld uses his iPhone camera to get past mass media images of the Emirate as Disney World on the Persian Gulf, and find a human component.
Product Description: What Parisian shopping arcades were to the nineteenth century and capitalism, Dubai's luxurious mega-malls are to the new millennium and late capitalism. The Baudelairean flâneur, who patrolled the avenues as a detached observer, today is replaced by the phoneur, a wired wanderer who uses a cell phone to text, call, Web-surf and snap digital images on the fly. The ubiquitous cellphone camera has already become a valid tool of civilian journalism. Celebrated photographer Joel Sternfeld visited Dubai in 2008, documenting its new malls with the consumer fetish object du jour, the iPhone. In this volume, the photographer's twelfth photobook, Sternfeld counters the popular myth that the United Arab Emirates is the Persian Gulf's Disney World, locating subtler social strata and interactions. Included is an essay by Columbia University art historian, Jonathan Crary, who considers the implications of Sternfeld's mobile gaze.
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