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Sylvia Plachy's Unguided Tour

Plachy, Sylvia (photographs); Waits, Tom (music); Trebay, Guy (afterword)

Published by Aperture, New York, 1990
ISBN 10: 0893813931 / ISBN 13: 9780893813932
/ Condition: Fine / Hardcover
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Title: Sylvia Plachy's Unguided Tour

Publisher: Aperture, New York

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine


Illustrated paper over boards; matching illustrated dust jacket. With b/w photo-illustrations throughout, and a 33 1/3 rpm record by Tom Waits, in a sleeve affixed to the rear paste-down. Complete, fine, and all in good working (playing) order. Bookseller Inventory # D1578

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Synopsis: Sylvia Plachy's photographs have freshness and spontaneity, ocnveying drama one moment and prompting laughter the next. Now available in paperback, this first published collection of her images invites a wider audience to join her Unguided Tour of people and places. Winner of the International Center of Photography Best Book of the Year. 120 duotone photographs.

From Library Journal: Plachy's photographs, regularly published in The Village Voice , are at once journalistic and personal. While presented here as an "unguided tour" of everything from portraits (parents, pets, musicians, and writers) to street photographs (markets, factories, accident sites, and demonstrations), the pictures have in common beautifully arrested motion and expressive emotion. Richly printed in duotone, 130 black-and-white photographs--accompanied by the artist's statements and vignettes of dreams--weave in time and place from Plachy's birthplace in Hungary to France, Sicily, Howard Beach, and Nicaragua. The collection is also notable for its humorous and striking juxtapositions. Tom Waits's musical accompaniment (on a flexible record included with the book) is superfluous but perhaps emblematic: traditionally Hungarian in flavor, transformed into a unique creation. Unguided Tour is a traveling exhibition which opened this fall at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.
- Ann Copeland, Champaign, Ill.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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