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Caponigro, Paul (Photographer) & Sinsheimer, Karen (Contributor). MEDITATIONS IN SILVER: PHOTOGRAPHIC STUDIES BY PAUL CAPONIGRO. Tucson, AZ: Nazraeli Press/Santa Barbara Museum Of Art, 2008. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 68 pages. As New/As New.

Exhibition monograph. One of the most beautiful art photography books of the year 2008, it is the companion volume to Paul Caponigro's "Meditations In Light". The first and only edition. Published in an extremely small and limited print run of 500 copies. As print runs go, it is the smallest ever for a Caponigro title. An austerely elegant production by Chris Pichler: Oversize-volume format. Handsome black cloth boards with metallic-silver titles embossed on spine, as issued. Photographs and text by Paul Caponigro. Essay by Karen Sinsheimer. List of Plates appended at the end. Printed on thick coated stock paper in Hong Kong to the very highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Published on the occasion of the retrospective exhibition of the same name held at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art from January 26 through April 6, 2008. Presents some of the photographer's finest and most representative still lifes in a quietly yet arrestingly beautiful format. "In the 1960's, following a move to New York City, Paul Caponigro focussed his attention on still lifes. His iconic image, 'Apple, New York City, 1964', sums up Caponigro's exploration of still life at that time as it looks forward to his later work. In 1999, 35 years later, and after a hiatus of six years from all things photographic, Caponigro stated simply, 'Objects collected from nature started to wink at me'. One senses that the meticulously composed still lifes presented on these pages are personal elegies as well as archetypical totems, inviting viewers to explore their own personal mythology. They are psychological revelations about the passage of time and the mortality that all humans share. The invitation to unfoldment is extended with a caveat requiring not only silence and time, but also the willingness to see beyond commonplace appearances of rock, leaf, and seed" (Karen Sinsheimer). A "must-have" title for Paul Caponigro collectors. This title sold out shortly after publication and is now highly collectible. Paul Caponigro did not sign a single copy of the book for the exhibition or publisher. This is one of extremely few signed copies of the First Edition still available online and has absolutely no flaws, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. 45 duotone plates. One of the greatest living American photographers. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER PAUL CAPONIGRO TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1590052269. $200.00

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