Title: INVISIBLE CITY: THE NEW STEIDL EDITION - ...
Publisher: Gottingen, Germany: Gerhard Steidl Druckerei Und Verlag, 2014
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 80 pages. Published in 2014. New Edition of the artist/photographer's breakthrough debut collection. One of the greatest photography books of the 20th century. Advance Signed Copy. The First Edition Thus in its First Printing. The book was released the following year, on February 24, 2015. An austerely elegant production by Ken Schles and Gerhard Steidl: Regular-sized volume format. Black cloth boards with titles embossed on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Ken Schles. Text-quotations by Jean Baudrillard, Jorge Luis Borges, Franz Kafka, Lewis Mumford, and George Orwell. Printed on pristine-white, thick uncoated stock paper using the advanced, "five plate" technology in Gottingen, Germany to the highest standards. In black pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Re-presents, in a stunning re-creation, Ken Schles' "Invisible City", his masterpiece. "Twenty-five years later, 'Invisible City' still has the ability to transfix the viewer. A penetrating and intimate portrayal of a world few had entrance to - or means of egress from - 'Invisible City' stands alongside Brassai's 'Paris de Nuit' and van der Elsken's 'Love On The Left Bank' as one of the twentieth century's great depictions of nocturnal bohemian experience. Long out-of-print, this 'missing link' in the history of the photographic book is now once again made available" (Publisher's blurb). An absolute "must-have" title for Ken Schles collectors. This Advance Signed Copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed, placed, and dated (before official 2015 release) in black pen on the title page by the artist/photographer: "Ken Schles NYC 2014". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Schles made exactly one appearance, in New York City, to launch the book and its companion volume, "Night Walk". This title is a great photography book. As far as we know, this is only such signed, placed, and dated copy of the Steidl First Edition Thus/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 artist/photographers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER KEN SCHLES TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 3869306912. Bookseller Inventory # 19276
Synopsis: For a decade, Ken Schles watched the passing of time from his Lower East Side neighbourhood. His camera fixed the instances of his observations, and these moments became the foundation of his invisible city. Friends and architecture come under the scrutiny of his lens and, when sorted and viewed in the pages of this book, a remarkable achievement of personal vision emerges. Twenty-five years later, Invisible City still has the ability to transfix the viewer. A penetrating and intimate portrayal of a world few had entrance to - or means of egress from -, Invisible City stands alongside Brassai's Paris de Nuit and van der Elsken's Love On The Left Bank as one of the 20th century's great depictions of nocturnal bohemian experience. Documenting his life in New York City's East Village during its heyday in the tumultuous 1980s, Schles captured its look and attitude in delirious and dark verité. Long out of print, this "missing link" in the history of the photographic book is now once again made available. Using scans from the original negatives and Steidl's five plate technique to bring out nuance and detail never seen before in print, this masterful edition transcends the original, bringing this underground cult classic into the 21st century for a new generation to discover.
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