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Day, F. Holland (Photographer); Roberts, Pam; Havinga, Anne E. & Other Contributors. F. HOLLAND DAY. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Waanders Publishers, 2001. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 144 pages. As New.

Exhibition Catalog and Monograph. One of the most handsome monographs ever produced on the artist/photographer. The first and only edition. An elegant production by Pam Roberts: Regular-sized volume format. Ribbed gray cloth boards with white titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Duotone photographic reproduction pasted on the cover. Photographs by F. Holland Day. Essays by Pam Roberts, Anne E. Havinga, Verna Posever Curtis, and Edwin Becker. Collectively, the essays give an insightful introduction and in-depth critical assessment of F. Holland Day's place in the history of photography. The photographs are reproduced in miniature with accompanying Captions and appended at the end. Invaluable Notes, Bibliography, and Index. Printed in the United States on thick stock paper to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Published on the occasion of a travelling exhibition that commenced at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and went on to the Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam and Museum Villa Stuck Munich in 2001. Presents the artist/photographer's finest and most representative images. Brings the beautiful and controversial work of F. Holland Day back to the serious attention of the international audience, which was both thrilled and scandalized by the very same images in 1900. F. Holland Day was born in South Dedham, Massachusetts into a family of wealth and social responsibility. By 1900 he was, with Alfred Stieglitz, the most influential champion and practitioner of art photography in America and Europe. Because of the challenging nature of much of his subject matter (sacred religious themes, adult male nude figures), Day enjoyed a slightly edgier and more heightened reputation at the time. Influenced by William Morris, he established a publishing house in Boston in 1893, encouraged young and unusual authors, among them Aubrey Beardsley and Oscar Wilde, and was, in effect, a pioneer of what we would today call "networking", in the most positive sense of the word. At the same time, he became ever more involved in photography, sometimes using as models the talented immigrants whose education he sponsored, most notably the Lebanese immigrant/mystic writer-to-be Kahlil Gibran, who was an angelic-looking and handsome man. In 1904, Day's studio burned down, destroying his negatives. The photographs in museums today are from Day's home or friends' collections, especially Stieglitz and the British photographer Frederick Evans. A long-overdue critical re-assessment, this is a "must-have" title for F. Holland Day collectors. This title has been out-of print for a very long time and is now collectible. This is one of very few copies still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A very scarce copy thus. 95 duotone plates. One of the finest artist/photographers of the 20th century. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER F. HOLLAND DAY TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 9040095256. $100.00

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