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Rich, Jeff (Photographer); Slemmons, Rod & Carson, Hartwell (Contributors). WATERSHED: THE FRENCH BROAD RIVER. Portland, Oregon: Photolucida, 2011. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 108 pages. As New.

Collection of color photographs on subject. One of the most beautiful photography books of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the 2012 Reissued Edition. Published in a very small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. The book is very beautifully produced, with gray cloth boards, essays by Rod Slemmons and Hartwell Carson, and Jeff Rich's stunning color photographs that are reproduced on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. The reproduction quality of the images, as realized by Photolucida, must be seen to be believed in their clarity, rich tonal range, and warmth. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Jeff Rich's "Watershed". Photographs of the so-called French Broad River basin in North Carolina and Tennessee that make us aware again of the original and true meaning of "watershed": "Because they help us cross over a river without seeing it, the soaring railroad trestles and highway bridges in Watershed act as symbols of our tendency to blank out natural phenomena. We need to transcend the idea that rivers are barriers, potentially destructive competitors that get in our way. In some of Jeff Rich's images, for example, it is easy to see the damage a flooded river would do or has done: Sometimes, Nature wins and knocks down our bridges and tears up our pipes, dams, and electric poles. That gets our attention. But most of the time, unless we need the rivers for recreation, factory cooling, or an open sewer, or we live on the bank, we ignore them. Jeff Rich has included a few people in his images. They seem to be sympathetic and knowing about the river and its use, abuse, and preservation. Some are playing out the notion of recreation, with its underpinnings in our almost religious need for pristine wilderness, as in Eden. We seek a place where we can be re-created, on a planet that we have now overrun. We grasp at notions of Frontier and Wilderness" (Rod Slemmons). An absolute "must-have" title for Jeff Rich collectors. This title is a contemporary photography classic. This is one of very few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Almost all other copies available online are the 2012 Second Printing, which does not have the same collectible value. Other copies have serious flaws. A scarce copy thus. 40 color plates. One of the most brilliant living American photographers. A fine copy. . ISBN 193433412X. $100.00

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