Title: KOUDELKA - Rare Pristine Copy of The First ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Aperture Foundation, 2007
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 276 pages. Published in 2007. Retrospective Monograph. The single most important book on the photographic art of Josef Koudelka. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now rare. A brilliant production by Josef Koudelka and Robert Delpire: Oversize-volume format. Gray cloth boards with metallic-silver titles embossed on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Josef Koudelka. Essays by eight of the most brilliant living photography experts: Robert Delpire, Anna Farova, Dominique Edde, Michel Frizot, Petr Kral, Otomar Krejka, Pierre Soulages, and Gilles Tiberghien. List of Plates, Chronology, Bibliography, and Exhibitions 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. Presents "Koudelka". In one elegantly and meticulously produced volume, some of the finest and most representative images by Josef Koudelka. That is to say, some of the greatest photographs ever taken in the history of photography. "Stark, impassioned, and singularly intense, the work of the itinerant and fiercely independent Czech photographer has received deserved acclaim over the past three decades for having made a uniquely significant contribution to the language of photography. The most comprehensive survey of Koudelka's work to date, bringing together his most eloquent images, from his earliest, many published here for the first time, to his most recent: Mesmerizing studies of the European landscape made with a panoramic camera. Whether photographing Prague's avant-garde theater scene in the 1960's, the secretive world of the Eastern European Gypsies, Czech resistance to the Soviet advance on Prague or the environmental degradation of our post-industrial world, Koudelka has consistently produced transformative images that stand outside of time and place" (Publisher's blurb). "He remains a poet with a lens, capturing a deeply personal vision while documenting the real world. This collection confirms Koudelka's stature as one of the most singular image-makers in contemporary photography" (Publishers Weekly). "Koudelka brings an intense eye and full heart to each place, object, and person. This work proves once again that he is a photographer with unique power" (Robert Delpire). "Koudelka's work petrifies and transforms. It converts tears into stone and stone into wounds; it sees the soul through its hardships. The moment that he captures contains centuries" (Dominique Edde). An absolute "must-have" title for Josef Koudelka collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in black pen-marker on the title page by Josef Koudelka. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Koudelka's specimen-signature is one of the most beautiful we have ever seen. Among great living photographers, Koudelka's signature is elusive because he has all but stopped doing public signings. This title is a photography book classic. This is one of very few such signed copies of the First English-Language Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. 150 duotone plates, 3 foldouts. Three of Josef Koudelka's books were selected as among the greatest photography books in "The Photobook". The greatest Czech photographer of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JOSEF KOUDELKA TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 1597110302. Bookseller Inventory # 15476
Synopsis: Stark, impassioned, and singularly intense, the work of the itinerant and fiercely independent Czech photographer, Josef Koudelka, has received deserved acclaim over the past three decades for having made a uniquely significant contribution to the language of photography. This major new monograph presents the most comprehensive survey of Koudelka's work to date, bringing together more than 150 of his most eloquent images--from his earliest, many published here for the first time, to his most recent: mesmerizing studies of the European landscape made with a panoramic camera. Whether photographing Prague's avant-garde theater scene in the 1960s, the secretive world of the Eastern European gypsies, Czech resistance to the Soviet advance on Prague, or the environmental degradation of our postindustrial world, Koudelka has consistently produced transformative images that stand outside of time and place. In the words of the legendary French photography-world figure and Koudelka's longtime champion and publisher, Robert Delpire, "Koudelka brings an intense eye and full heart to each place, object, and person. This work proves once again that he is a photographer with unique personality and power." Beautifully produced with duotone printing and three gatefolds, this volume also contains eight original essays, each exploring a different aspect of Koudelka's work and illustrating the artist's constant evolution and intensity.
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