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Burke, Bill. I WANT TO TAKE PICTURE. Santa Fe, NM: Twin Palms Publishers, 2008. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 60 pages. As New.

Artist Book. New Reissued Edition of the photographer's classic. One of the greatest photography books of the 20th century. Limited Slipcased Edition of 100 numbered and signed copies. Should not be confused with the Limited Clamshell Box Edition or regular trade edition. A brilliant production by Bill Burke and Jack Woody: Oversize-volume format. Pictorial hard boards with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs and text by Bill Burke. The images were produced using the original halftone and duotone films made by the photographer. Sumptuous black cloth slipcase. Stunning endpapers. Printed on thick uncoated stock paper to absolutely the highest standards. In publisher's original shrinkwrap. Without DJ, as issued. Re-presents Bill Burke's masterpiece in a superb Limited-Edition format that is an exact replica of the original. "In 1982, I decided to give myself my own Southeast Asia experience. I wanted to make pictures in a place where I didn't know the rules, where I'd be off balance. Friends who had been there recommended Thailand; nice people, easy transportation, good food. Another friend told me that as long as I was going to Thailand I should go see the refugees coming out of Cambodia. He set me up with The International Rescue Committee, which was working at the Thai-Cambodian border. Each day, I was thinking about practicality, is my pass in order, how do I get there, who do I meet that will get me through. The philosophical thoughts came later. When I realized that I had access to the camps and could see the Khmer Rouge, it was like being able to see The Devil. It seemed to be an incredible opportunity" (Bill Burke). "I Want To Take Picture" has a deceptive, child-like innocence (starting with the title), which is a ruse that belies the photographer's horror of staring at evil incarnate. The Khmer Rouge systematically killed 1.7 Million Cambodians, more than half the entire population, while, as is often said, the world "watched" helplessly. Bill Burke did not just watch, he took pictures. They deal a fatal blow to all of our preconceived notions about photography and objectivity, truth and beauty. A "must-have" title for photography book collectors. This copy is one of a Limited Slipcased Edition, indicated as such on the Front Limitation Page, and is very prominently and beautifully signed in black marker by Bill Burke. This edition is now sold out and highly collectible. The Limited Clamshell Box Edition sold out before publication while remaining copies of the regular trade edition now sell for $150.00 from the publisher. This is one of extremely few copies of the Limited Slipcased Edition still available online, is still in the publisher's original shrinkwrap, and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. 60 plates. Bill Burke's "I Want To Take Picture" was selected as one of the greatest photography books in "The Photobook". One of the greatest living photographers. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO "THE KILLING FIELDS" TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 193188563X. $200.00

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