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Gill, Stephen (Photographer); Ali, Monica; Mitchell, David; Seiffert, Rachel; Smith, Zadie & Others. STEPHEN GILL: POSTCARDS FROM BRITAIN. London, England: Granta Publications, 2003. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 352 pages. As New.

Rare Granta Magazine/Stephen Gill Debut Portfolio Issue. The third collection of the magazine's now-legendary and highly collectible "Best of Young British Novelists" Issues. The First Issue was published in 1983, and included such now-established authors as Martin Amis, Julian Barnes, Kazuo Ishiguro, Ian McEwan, and Salman Rushdie, among others. The Second Issue was published in 1993, and included such authors as Iain Banks, Alan Hollinghurst, Hanif Kureishi, Will Self, and Jeanette Winterson, among others. The Third Issue was published in 2003, and proclaimed Monica Ali, Hari Kunzru, David Mitchell, Rachel Seiffert, and Zadie Smith as the hottest young writers in the United Kingdom today. The Issue also marks the very first appearance in published form of the portfolio of Stephen Gill, all of them in color, and is, in effect the photographer's debut collection. "Postcards from Britain" presents some of the finest and most representative images by the one British photographer Martin Parr has since declared is destined for greatness. Firmly grounded in the great British documentary tradition, Stephen Gill's photographs are honest, telling, and brilliant. His conceptual rigor and intelligence, unsentimental empathy for his subjects, and delicate use of color are astonishingly assured (in the strictest sense of the word, that is, devoid of artistic vanity and self-indulgence) for a photographer who just started taking photographs (in his early 20's) and already has several published collections and one masterpiece (in his early 30's). One fascinating tidbit: Stephen Gill's very first published photograph was in The New York Times in 1996, when he was 24 years old. A "must-have" title for Stephen Gill collectors. This copy is prominently and beautifully signed in pencil on the title page of the Portfolio by Stephen Gill. This is an Import title, was not widely distributed in the United States, and has been out-of-print for a long time. The Issue as a whole is highly collectible. This is enhanced by being the only such signed copy available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. 15 doublespread color plates. Stephen Gill's "Hackney Wick" was selected as one of the greatest photography books in "The Photobook". One of the most brilliant living photographers. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER STEPHEN GILL TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0903141582. $50.00

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