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Peress, Gilles (Editor); Shulan, Michael; Traub, Charles & Contributing Photographers . HERE IS NEW YORK: A DEMOCRACY OF PHOTOGRAPHS. Zurich, Switzerland: Scalo Publishers, 2002. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 864 pages. Fine.

Memorial collection of photographs. One of the greatest photography books of our time. The First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a regular first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now very scarce. A brilliant production by Gilles Peress and Yolanda Cuomo: Oversize-volume format. The book weighs 10 pounds. Photographs by professional and amateur contributors. There is no text. Conceived and edited by the great photojournalist Gilles Peress. Matching hard board pictorial slipcase. Printed on acid-free archival stock paper in Germany to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Published on September 11, 2002 to commemorate the First Anniversary of 9/11. Presents "bleed" photographs of New York shortly before, during, and after 9/11, a great city's people reflecting upon and mourning their - and America's - grave loss one year later. The exhibition attracted thousands of submissions and tens of thousands of visitors, and toured the US and Europe, including the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) New York and the Corcoran Gallery Washington DC. "The pictures convey an array of different responses, personal and political, to the tragedy. This book really does, in Whitman's words, contain multitudes" (Publishers Weekly). The very last image, a doublespread in color of the summit of the Twin Towers on a bright summer day, was used as the wraparound DJ design of Don DeLillo's great novel on 9/11, "Falling Man" (2007). The act of mourning and remembering, art as elegy, is the most difficult art of all. Aside from the fact that we are afraid to die, we expect our artists (and ourselves) to be heroes rather than victims, and so they (and we) fail miserably when the time comes to mourn. Yet elegy is the one necessary art, all other art is superfluous; because we're not very good at it, elegy can easily descend into bathos and sentimentality. Despite the small consolation that 9/11's evil perpetrator is dead and gone, remembering and "never forgetting" matter, and always will. Hence Gilles Peress' inspired project, "participatory" art at its most profound. An absolute "must-have" title for photography book collectors. This title is now highly collectible. This is one of very few copies of the First Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. It is the single most beautiful copy we have seen of a book that is often found used, soiled, worn, and damaged. Copies available online command as much as $600 or are subsequent printings. A rare copy thus. 720 color, 160 duotone plates. "Here Is New York: A Democracy of Photographs" was selected as one of the greatest photography books in "The Photobook". A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER GILLES PERESS TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 3908247667. $400.00

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