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Yang, John. MOUNT ZION: SEPULCHRAL PORTRAITS. New York City, NY: Aperture Foundation, 2001. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 90 pages. As New.

Collection of photographs. One of the greatest art photography books of the new century. The first and only edition, the book is now rare. An austerely elegant production by John Yang and Aperture Foundation: Regular-sized volume format. Pictorial hard boards with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by John Yang. There is minimal text. Printed on thick coated stock paper by EBS in Verona, Italy to the very highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents one of the most unusual landscape-cum-portrait collections ever taken by a contemporary photographer. "Mount Zion refers to an Orthodox Jewish cemetery in Queens, New York, built in 1893, sandwiched between a New York City Sanitation plant and the Long Island Expressway. Sepulchral Portraits refer to miniature photographs once placed on many of Mount Zion's tombstones, a custom brought over by Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe. These images were burned onto porcelain or metal tablets and then glazed. The process was, at the time, seen as permanent. But the ravages of the elements, pollution, and vandals have transformed these portraits into something else altogether. What remains of them, and what has become of them, is what John Yang has set out to portray in his series of photographs" (Aperture Foundation). The result is one of the most beautifully moving photographic records we shall ever see. Every single photograph in this collection quivers with life, memory, pain, and beauty. John Yang is an American photographer of Chinese descent who deserves to be much better-known. Mainstream recognition of his sublime work is very long overdue and well-deserved. A masterly collection, this is a "must-have" title for John Yang collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the half-title page by John Yang. This title has been out-of-print as a hardcover for a very long time. This is the only signed copy available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. 88 color plates. One of the finest living American photographers. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JOHN YANG TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 189102423X. $100.00

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