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Webb, Alex; Webb, Rebecca, Norris (Photographers) . MEMORY CITY: PHOTOGRAPHS BY ALEX WEBB AND REBECCA NORRIS WEBB. New York City, NY: Radius Books, 2014. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 172 pages. As New.

Collection of black-and-white and color photographs. One of the most beautiful art photography books of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a very small and limited print run as a hardcover original only. A brilliant production by Alex Webb and David Chickey: Oversize-volume format. Pictorial hard boards with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Alex Webb and Victoria Norris Webb. There are several foldouts within the book and a stunning multi-panel photographic timeline appended at the back. Text by various authors. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in Hong Kong to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Alex Webb's and Victoria Norris Webb's "Memory City", their nostalgic and affecting homage to Rochester, New York, the home of Eastman Kodak. As such, it is nothing less than an homage to photography itself. Eastman Kodak was "one of the world's leading manufacturers of photographic film for 125 years. Following the company's declaration of bankruptcy in 2012, photographers Alex Webb (born 1952) and Rebecca Norris Webb (born 1956) traveled to Rochester to capture images of the city during the twilight of Kodak's existence. 'Memory City' responds to the uncertain future of Kodak film as a medium by presenting a view of Rochester that reflects the city's prosperous past and current troubles. Usually known for his color work, for this project Alex Webb used his final rolls of Kodachrome, a color film now only able to be processed in black-and-white, in order to capture Rochester's fading grandeur. He also photographed the city's streets in digital color. Rebecca's photographs consist of color portraits and still lifes of Rochester's women, both young and old, taken using Portra, one of Kodak's last films. The artists have also created a timeline of Rochester's cultural history, tracing the evolution of the complex, vibrant city. Contains quotations from many of the famous writers and thinkers who have been connected to Rochester and its environs, including women's rights activist Susan B. Anthony, abolitionist Frederick Douglass, and poets John Ashbery and Ilya Kaminsky" (Publisher's blurb). As a serious photographer who works in color, Alex Webb has few peers. His unerring eye for color, compositional brilliance, and admirable composure in the face of his often harrowing subject, the chaos called modern life, are regarded by many commentators and admirers as being on the same level of achievement as Miguel Rio Branco, one of the greatest living Latin-American photographers. An absolute "must-have" title for Alex Webb and Victoria Norris Webb collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the half-title page by Alex Webb and Victoria Norris Webb. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page or bookplate. This title is a contemporary photography classic. As far as we know, this is the only such double-signed copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with black-and-white and color plates, foldouts, and a multi-panel photographic timeline. Winner of the Overseas Press Club Award in 1980. Recipient of the Leica Medal of Excellence in 2000 and the Premio Internacional de Fotografia Alcobendas in 2009. One of the greatest living photographers. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ALEX WEBB TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1934435767. $150.00

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