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Bjornson, Howard. AFTER THE FROST: PORTRAITS OF PLANTS (AND OTHER THINGS) THAT HAVE DIED OR GONE DORMANT BY HOWARD BJORNSON. Vancouver, British Columbia: Blanchette Press/Howard Bjornson, 2005. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 70 pages. Fine.

Artist Book. Collection of still lifes. One of the most beautiful photography books of its kind ever published. The first and only edition. Published in a tiny print run as a softcover original only. The book is now rare. An austerely elegant production by Howard Bjornson: Elephant-sized volume format. Pictorial softcovers with white titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs and brief text by Howard Bjornson. Printed on thick uncoated stock paper in Vancouver, Canada to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Howard Bjornson's still life photographs. If most still life photographers celebrate the beauty and splendor of Nature, its sheer alive-ness, Howard Bjornson reminds us that like human life, plant life withers away, dies, and disappears. Bjornson is the visual poet-as-elegist (whereas the great Dutch photographer Ron Van Dongen is the poet-as-Romantic). An American of Norwegian descent, Bjornson owns a farm in Southern Illinois (he studied photography in Chicago), where he gathered and photographed the specimens in this collection, each of them given their scientific name. Bjornson is a successful commercial photographer. His two books, "Weeds" and "After The Frost", stem from his involvement with Garden Design and The Atlantic Monthly Magazine, among others, where he received encouragement to pursue more seriously his lifelong interest in the relation between winter, flora, and fauna. What Midwest artist isn't affected by winter? Coming from Norway to boot, the chill is in the bones in Bjornson's case. An impeccably and beautifully produced book. An absolute "must-have" title for Howard Bjornson collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed and inscribed in pencil on the title page by the photographer: "We'll go to the woods no more instead shop an internet store. Howard Bjornson". That even rhymes! There is no recipient named. This title is now highly collectible. As far as we know, this is the only such signed and inscribed copy available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. The other signed copy is also from us. A rare signed copy thus. 45 plates. One of the most brilliant living American photographers. A fine copy. . $70.00

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