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Mannikko, Esko. ESKO MANNIKKO: NAARASHAUKI THE FEMALE PIKE. Oulu, Finland: Kaleva Kustannus Oy/Esko Mannikko, 2000. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 144 pages. As New.

Retrospective collection of color photographs. One of the greatest photography books of the 20th century. The true First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. An elegant production by Esko Mannikko and Petri Kuokka: Oversize-volume format in oblong shape. Sturdy maroon leatherette pictorial hard boards with photographic reproduction pasted on cover and pale-gray titles embossed on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs and text by Esko Mannikko. Printed on thick uncoated stock paper in Finland to the very highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Esko Mannikko's austerely yet breathtakingly beautiful photographs of his native Finland, that is, a dying rural Finland kept defiantly alive by Esko Mannikko's unsurpassed artistry. Mannikko's lifelong subject, the decline of rural Finland, that is to say, the decline of agrarian life, is off-putting, even depressing, something people say they do not want in their lives, as if it were ugly or toxic (an accusation that the American writer Annie Proulx had to endure all the way to "Brokeback Mountain"). This is ironic because Mannikko's work breathes whereas most contemporary art and photography are lifeless exercises in Mannerist cleverness. Mannikko is a Classicist, a rarity in our shallow "post-modern" art world. It is important to be reminded that in a world saturated and choking with derivative images from glossy magazines, he is the real, original thing, a great artist: His impeccable compositional sense and formalist use of color as well as his aesthetic rigor and faultless eye are not just "world-class". They set Mannikko apart from other living photographers, and make him an artist in a class of his own. Mainstream recognition of his genius is long overdue. A "must-have" title for Esko Mannikko collectors. This copy is prominently and beautifully signed in black fountain pen on the title page by Esko Mannikko. This is an Import title, had a very small print run, and is now very difficult to find. This is one of extremely few signed copies of the true First Edition still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. 108 color plates. Esko Mannikko's "Naarashauki: The Female Pike" was selected as one of the greatest photography books in "The Photobook". One of the greatest living photographers. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ESKO MANNIKKO TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 9529127456. $600.00

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