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Meatyard, Ralph Eugene (Photographer); Davenport, Guy (Curator) & Young, Cynthia (Co-Curator) . RALPH EUGENE MEATYARD: THE INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION. Gottingen, Germany / New York City, New York: Steidl Publishers/International Center For Photography (ICP) , 2004. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 300 pages. As New.

Landmark exhibition monograph/catalog. Now considered a contemporary classic. A handsome production by Steidl Design and Claas Moller: Regular-sized volume format. White cloth boards with photographic reproduction pasted on recessed center and black titles embossed on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Ralph Eugene Meatyard. Curated with an Introduction, Essay, and Interview by Guy Davenport and Cynthia Young. Chronology, Selected Bibliography, and Exhibition History appended at the end. Printed on thick coated stock paper in Gottingen, Germany to the very highest standards. In publisher's original shrinkwrap. Without DJ, as issued. Published on the occasion of the eponymous exhibition held at the International Center for Photography New York from December 10, 2004 through February 27, 2005. Presents the most comprehensive selection of the photographer's work thus far (the book acknowledges its debt to two previous monographs: "An American Visionary" and "The Family Album of Lucybelle Crater and Other Figurative Photographs"). "They have been called visionary, surrealistic, and meditative. Fascinated by the uncanniness of ordinary life, Meatyard made mysterious, staged images using his friends and family, often involving masks and abandoned spaces, that are familiar and disturbing at the same time. Highly original and deeply emotional, Meatyard's Expressionist style and use of staged scenes foreshadow the work of many contemporary artists such as Francesca Woodman, Cindy Sherman, Sally Mann, and Justine Kurland. They suggest the complex emotions associated with childhood, intimacy, loss, and destruction. Meatyard's engagement with photographing people is evident in a number of portraits he made of a circle of local writers with whom he developed great friendships: Guy Davenport, Thomas Merton, Wendell Berry, James Baker Hall, and Jonathan Greene. These friends not only provided intellectual inspiration and support but often acted as collaborators in other projects" (ICP). With each passing year, recognition of Meatyard's surpassing greatness grows. Each new book on him is meticulously and handsomely produced, compensating for the books published in his lifetime, none of which really does justice to the photographs. It is ironic because Meatyard was a perfectionist when it came to his prints: From thousands of images, he selected only the best and made one or two prints of the negative. A "must-have" title for Ralph Eugene Meatyard collectors. This title has been out-of-print for a very long time and is now highly collectible. This is one of very few copies still available online, is still in the publisher's original shrinkwrap, and has absolutely no flaws, a pristine beauty. Almost all other copies available online are either remainder-marked or have major flaws ("light shelfwear") because the cloth boards are very easily soiled. A rare copy thus. 220 tritone plates. Ralph Eugene Meatyard's "The Family Album of Lucybelle Crater" was selected as one of the greatest photography books in "The Photobook" and by The Hasselblad Center. One of the greatest photographers of the 20th century. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER RALPH EUGENE MEATYARD TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 3865210651. $300.00

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