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Shay, Art. ANIMALS: PHOTOGRAPHS BY ART SHAY. Urbana, Illinois: University Of Illinois Press, 2002. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 132 pages. Fine/Fine. Signed.

Retrospective collection of photographs on subject. The first and only edition. Published in a very small and limited print run as a hardcover original only by a University Press. The First Edition is now scarce. An austerely elegant production by Art Shay: Oversize-volume format. Hard boards with titles printed on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs and text by Art Shay. Printed on thick coated stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents the photographer's complete suite of animal photographs. They are reminiscent of Garry Winogrand's "The Animals" in their cheerful, casual, and perceptive approach. "Few can dispute that animals are among the most sublime wonders of the world we inhabit. These photographs bridge some of the differences by surveying the landscapes that humans and animals share: African jungles, Ohio waterways, the wild streets of New York City and Chicago, circuses, carnivals, zoos from California to Florida, and the sky that arches over all life. Culled from five decades' worth of the acclaimed photographer's illustrious body of work, these pictures lovingly and often acerbically capture miraculous moments of creatures great and small, wild and domestic. Artful and moving, they run the gamut of emotions from pity and compassion to laughter and joy. The Ark-like juxtaposition and pairing of images catch the interaction between humans and animals: How we imitate them and they, in turn, us. By turns compassionate, ironic, and capricious, this masterful collection affirms our abiding fascination with the animal world. A treasure" (Publisher's blurb). An absolute "must-have" title for Art Shay collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed, dated (on the day, month, and year of publication), and uniquely inscribed in black pen on the front free endpaper by the photographer: "Art Shay, May 23, 02". The recipient is named, who is one of Chicago's finest artists, and is acknowledged as such by the photographer. This title is now collectible. This is the only such signed and inscribed copy available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. One of the finest American photographers of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ART SHAY AND LEE BALTERMAN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0252027426. $100.00

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