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Gill, Stephen (Photographer) & Sinclair, Iain (Contributor). ARCHAEOLOGY IN REVERSE. London, England: Nobody/Archive Of Modern Conflict, 2007. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. Unpaginated. As New.

Artist Book. One of the finest art photography books of the year 2007. Limited Edition of 3000 copies. An austerely elegant production by Stephen Gill and Melanie Mues: Regular-sized volume format. Handsome brown cloth boards with orange design on the cover and orange titles embossed on spine, as issued. Photographs by Stephen Gill. Text by Iain Sinclair. Printed on thick coated stock paper by EBS in Verona, Italy to the highest standards. In publisher's original shrinkwrap. Without DJ, as issued. Presents one of three conceptually and marvelously inventive photography books published simultaneously by Stephen Gill, who is on a roll (the other two are "Hackney Flowers" and "Anonymous Origami"). "Stephen Gill has learned this: To haunt the places that haunt him. His photo-accumulations demonstrate a tender vision factored out of experience. Alert, watchful, not over-eager, wary of that mendacious conceit, 'closure'. There is always flow, momentum, the sense of a man passing through a place that delights him. A sense of stepping down, immediate engagement, politic exchange. What I like about Stephen Gill is that he has learned to give us only as much as we need, the bones of the bones of the bones" (Iain Sinclair). What does the title mean? "Still making pictures with the camera he bought at Hackney Wick for 50 pence, this time he focuses on things that do not yet exist. Features traces and clues of things to come in a poetic, sometimes eerie, and quiet study of a place in a state of limbo prior to the rapid transformation that this area faces during the build-up to the Olympics in 2012" (Publisher's blurb). 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). The "object-in-relation-to-place" motif runs throughout Stephen Gill's oeuvre, and in this book, is especially moving. A "must-have" title for Stephen Gill collectors. This copy is prominently and beautifully signed in pencil on the title page by Stephen Gill. This title is now highly collectible. Although it is a Limited Edition, Gill did not sign most copies. This is one of few signed copies of the Limited Edition still available online, is still in the publisher's original shrinkwrap, and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A very scarce signed copy thus. 104 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 0954940555. $100.00

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