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Fee, James (Photographer); Gallagher, Jackie (Contributor). JAMES FEE: PHOTOGRAPHS OF AMERICA. Los Angeles, CA: Self-Published, 1994. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 8 pages. Fine.

Rare James Fee collectible item. A fine copy of the Advance Promotional Excerpt of "James Fee: Photographs of America". Published in a tiny print run for the trade only. None of the copies was commercially distributed or sold. The Excerpt is now rare. Presents a sampling of James Fee's masterpiece, "Photographs of America". Seven of the images in the complete Series are presented ahead of final publication, magnificently reproduced in duotone plates. The Excerpt is a foldout that consists of five full-page images, supplemented by two loose sheets and Jackie Gallagher's brief text on glassine paper. They give a hint of the Series' negative majesty: An America that is abandoned in all her glory, actual relics strewn throughout the United States that James Fee captured during a road trip across the country's unpopulated landscape. Surely, Fee intended to comment on Robert Frank's similarly disturbing evocations in "The Americans", and Fee's brilliant twist is that there are no actual people, no Americans in his own "Photographs of America". Both books are elegies for the American Dream, which is the only way that America can finally be fully understood. An absolute "must-have" title for James Fee collectors. This Advance Promotional Excerpt is now highly collectible. As far as we know, this is the only such copy available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare copy thus. 7 duotone plates. One of the greatest American photographers of our time. A fine copy. . $20.00

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