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Sterling, Joseph (Photographer) & Travis, David (Contributor). THE AGE OF ADOLESCENCE: JOSEPH STERLING PHOTOGRAPHS 1959-1964. Los Angeles, CA: Greybull Press, 2005. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 133 pages. As New.

Landmark collection of photographs. One of the greatest photography books of our time. Limited Clamshell Box Edition of 25 numbered and signed copies. None of the copies was commercially sold, the edition has the same ISBN as the regular trade edition, and because the publisher went out of business shortly thereafter, it is not clear if all of the copies of the Limited Edition were ever completed. The edition is now rare. A brilliant production by Joseph Sterling and Dimitri Levas: Oversize-volume format. Black cloth boards with photographic reproduction pasted on the recessed center in front, metallic-silver titles embossed on the spine and back, as issued. Photographs and Afterword by Joseph Sterling. Introduction by David Travis. 10 X 14 gallery-print-sized original silver-gelatin print laid into the box. Matching black clamshell box with metallic-silver titles embossed on the spine. Printed on thick coated stock paper in Germany to the very highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents at long last one of the finest photographic records of The American Teen-ager ever produced in its most collectible edition format. "This Age sparkles with the promise of what's to come, hides its insecurities under the cover of bravado, and trembles with excitement about the here and now. From 1959 to 1964 (arguably the Adolescence of America itself), Joseph Sterling photographed teenagers, hanging out after school, at drive-ins, in fast cars. As Sterling himself defined it, 'the world of the adolescent is totally interlaced within itself and incapable of freeing itself. It whirls, rolls, and engulfs what it is allowed to engulf' "(Publisher's blurb). The "Age of Adolescence" shows American kids to be both playful and serious, friendly and menacing, cheerful and pensive. Some snapshots are revealingly and heartbreakingly beautiful in the way that they capture adolescence, and anticipate the work of many contemporary photographers without their necessarily being aware of it. Their remarkable simplicity and effortless grace have certainly appeared in so many images of young people ever since. Few photographs taken since then have the same timeless appeal as Joseph Sterling's work. Closely identified with the Institute of Design (ID), Sterling has done work characterized by the technical perfection and formal experimentation identified with the Bauhaus-inspired Institute. Here, he lets go and the result is simply wonderful. The design by Dimitri Levas, the designer of Bruce Weber's books, gives this book a contemporary look and feel that are compatible with the photographs. A "must-have" edition for Joseph Sterling completists. This copy is Number 11, indicated, stamped, and hand-numbered as such on the front free endpaper, and it is very prominently and beautifully signed in black fountain pen on the title page by Joseph Sterling. It comes with a gallery-print-sized and stunningly beautiful 10 X 14 silver-gelatin print that shows two teen-agers in a public beach shower (it appears on Page 90 of the book). The print is very prominently and beautifully archived, numbered, and signed in pencil on verso by the photographer: "486-25 Joseph Sterling Limited Book Edition T. A. O. L. 11/25". This is the only such copy available online and has absolutely no flaws, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. 128 duotone plates, 1 original print. One of the finest living American photographers. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JOSEPH STERLING, LARRY CLARK, JOSEPH SZABO, AND TERRY RICHARDSON TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0972778853. $900.00

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