Engstrom, J.H.. J. H. ENGSTROM: TRYING TO DANCE. Stockholm, Sweden: Journal Stockholm, 2003. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. Unpaginated. As New.

Artist Book. One of the most important and most influential photography books of our time. Limited Edition of 2000 copies. The book is now very rare. A brilliant production by J. H. Engstrom, Patric Leo, and Gosta Flemming: Oversize-volume format. Black cloth boards with full-page photographic reproduction pasted in front and metallic-silver titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by J. H. Engstrom. Except for the credits and a brief text excerpt by Engstrom that is printed on the back cover, there is no text. Printed on pristine-white thick coated stock paper in Stockholm, Sweden to the very highest standards. This copy comes in a specially handmade gray cloth slipcase. Without DJ, as issued. Presents one of the iconic photographic projects of our time. "A non-linear juxtaposition of views of Engstrom's everyday surroundings, ranging from self-portraits and nudes to landscapes and interiors. The book does not offer the viewer an overall narrative that would subsume the meaning of the single image. It is a visual stream-of-consciousness monologue, an ongoing succession of moments that retain an importance of their own, fragments of relentlessly passing time. The impression of looking at memories, rather than documentary images, is heightened by the variety of the photographs" (Martin Jaeggi). "A masterpiece of enigma and indeterminacy. In the vanguard of a new genre that depicts a veiled, oblique, almost novelistic view of modern life, especially modern relationships" (Martin Parr and Gerry Badger). "I can only make photographs of what I feel, of what results from my encounters with people. In this regard, my work is completely subjective. At the same time, I am interested in objectivity, in the fact that since you take photographs, you always deal with reality. And in this respect, I am not interested in subjectivity. It's a paradox" (J. H. Engstrom). It is a paradox unique to photography and to Engstrom's "pull-of-a-dream" images. An absolute "must-have" title for J. H. Engstrom and contemporary photography book collectors. This title is now very highly collectible. This is one very few copies still available online and has absolutely no flaws, a pristine beauty. A very rare copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with black-and-white and color plates. "Trying To Dance" was selected as one of the greatest photography books in "The Photobook". One of the most brilliant living photographers. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER J. H. ENGSTROM TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 9197418269. $2000.00

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