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Sommer, Frederick. FREDERICK SOMMER: THE BOX. Tucson, AZ: Nazraeli Press, 1994. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 64 pages. As New.

Artist Book. One of the most beautiful photography books of the 20th century. Limited Edition of 1000 numbered copies. A brilliant production by Frederick Sommer and Chris Pichler: Clear lucite box. Photographs by Frederick Sommer. The box contains sixty-four 4 x 4 inch photographic-reproduction cards, which can be viewed and enjoyed in no particular order. The randomness allows the collector to create his or her own personal exhibition of the images. Printed on heavy stock paper in Germany by Druckerei Karl Braunstein Munich to the very highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents some of Frederick Sommer's finest and most representative images in a highly collectible format: The ingenious, innovative, and austerely beautiful book boxes created by Nazraeli Press (Michiko Kon and Masao Yamamoto also contributed to the Series and the success of Sommer's Box led to a sequel called "Son of the Box"). "Frederick Sommer first became renowned for his austere desert landscapes and portraits: A flattened jackrabbit from 1939, a portrait of Max Ernst merged with the side of a weathered building. He later turned his fascination with what he termed 'elegance of form' in surprising directions: A series of dramatically lit paper cutouts from the late 1970's and his photo-collages from the 1990's, meticulous works incorporating anatomical drawings" (Publisher's blurb). Working throughout the entire spectrum of photography with a Surrealist sensibility, Sommer has produced a body of work which is as disturbing as it is exquisite. A "must-have" title for Frederick Sommer collectors. This copy is one of the Limited Edition, indicated and numbered as such on the Back Limitation Card, prominently and beautifully numbered in pencil. This title has been out-of-print for a very long time even though it was reissued in a Second Edition. This is one of extremely few copies still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. Copies available online command $400. A rare copy thus. 64 plates. One of the greatest artist/photographers of the 20th century. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER FRDERICK SOMMER TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 3923922205. $200.00

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