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Burke, Bill (Photographer); Carver, Raymond (Contributor) & Grundberg, Andy (Contributor). BILL BURKE: PORTRAITS. New York City, NY: The Ecco Press/A Polaroid Book, 1987. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 64 pages. Fine/Fine.

Retrospective collection of portrait-photographs. One of Bill Burke's finest achievements. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now very scarce. The book is elegantly produced on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in the United States to the highest stamdards. Presents Bill Burke's portraits of Appalachia with Atlantic City and Brazil thrown in for good measure. "We follow Bill Burke through Appalachia in the 1970's, as he documents rural souls in the American South. His subjects are wandering between an old-world community burdened by its history and a more socially connected 20th-century landscape. Bits of modern culture - rock music, discos, and contemporary clothing - blend with traditional values, customs, and ideals. Many of his portraits are defiantly tragic while others are hopeful for something new. Some are just pleased to be living and breathing in a world that most American audiences would view as foreign" (Victor Lee). That's because there is a pervasive Arbus-ian voyeurism melded to Burke-ian empathy that characterizes the images but also makes them stand apart. The best portraits are unforgettable. An absolute "must-have" title for Bill Burke collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Bill Burke. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a photography classic. This is one of very few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Beware: Many copies available online have serious flaws. A very scarce signed copy thus. 32 plates. Bill Burke's "I Want To Take Picture" was selected as one of the greatest photography books in "The Photobook". One of the greatest living photographers. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER BILL BURKE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0880011629. $90.00

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