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Weston, Cole (Photographer); Maddow, Ben & Wilson, Charis (Contributors). COLE WESTON: EIGHTEEN PHOTOGRAPHS ("COLE WESTON: 18 PHOTOGRAPHS") . Salt Lake City, UT: Peregrine Smith, Inc. , 1981. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. Unpaginated. Fine/Fine.

Exhibition catalog. The first and still among the most beautiful books ever produced on the photographic art of Cole Weston. Published in a small and limited print run as a softcover original only by a small fine press. A brilliant production by Cole Weston and Peregrine Smith: Oversize-volume format. Pale gray softcovers with titles on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Cole Weston. Essays by Ben Maddow and Charis Wilson. Printed on thick glossy stock paper in the United States to the very highest standards. The reproduction quality of the photographs must be seen to be believed: Each plate is so vibrant, crisp, and alive that it looks like an original color print. In pictorial DJ with black titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Published on the occasion of the retrospective exhibition of the same name held at The Witkin Gallery New York in March 1981. The gallery no longer exists, its collections have long since been dispersed, but its influence on contemporary photography has been incalculable. Presents some of the finest and most representative color photographs by Cole Weston in a stunning production. Edward Weston's fourth and youngest son, Cole Weston spent a considerable portion of his life administering his father's estate while slowly building his own impressive oeuvre. He turned to color (which his father puritanically spurned) as far back as the 1940's, and never looked back. "A brilliant photographic printer, Cole was solely empowered by Edward to print his pictures after his death in 1958. A child whose first memory is of floating a toy boat in his father's darkroom sink, Cole has commented that he inherited photography as his family's birthright. From the microcosmic worlds found in tide pools to the grand landscapes of the American West, from ruined abbeys in England to his personal renderings of the nude, he pursued his own pathways in photography. After three decades of printing his father's work, Cole at last set aside this responsibility and turned his energies to his own photography. The photographs in this collection reveal his instinct for structure and form, his great sensitivity to color, and his distinctive vision of the earth's rich beauty" (Ben Maddow). Among the iconic photographs in this catalog are "Farm, New Zealand 1976", "Surf and Headlands, California 1958", "Hunt's Cove, Nova Scotia 1978", "Aspen, Utah 1978", "Yukon River, Alaska 1975", "Nude, Arizona 1979", "Cacti, Southern Utah 1976", "Nude in Window, Arizona 1979", "Summer Grass, Mono Lake 1977", and "Trapper"s Lake, Minnesota 1979". Cole Weston died in May 2003. A "must-have" title for Cole Weston collectors. This presentation copy is very prominently and beautifully signed, dated (on the day, month, and year of the exhibition), and inscribed in black pen on the half-title page by the photographer: "For Carol, Thanks for your help in making my first book come true. Warmest regards, Cole 3/5/81". The recipient, Carol Kismaric, is a book designer, historian/scholar, and curator/author, one of the most important figures in the history of photography. This title sold out shortly after publication and is now highly collectible. This is the only such signed and inscribed copy available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Most copies available online have major flaws. A rare association copy thus. 18 color plates. One of the finest American photographers of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER EDWARD WESTON TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0879050845. $250.00

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