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Teunissen, Bert (Photographer) & Asser, Saskia (Contributor). DOMESTIC LANDSCAPES: A PORTRAIT OF EUROPEANS AT HOME BY BERT TEUNISSEN. New York City, NY: Aperture Foundation, 2007. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 150 pages. As New/As New.

Retrospective collection of color photographs. One of the most valuable 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 first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. A brilliant production by Aperture Foundation: Oversize-volume format in very wide oblong shape. Pale blue hard boards with titles printed on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Bert Teunissen. Essay by Saskia Asser. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper by Amilcare Pizzi in Milan, Italy to the highest standards. The reproduction quality must be seen to be believed in their clarity, rich tonal range, and warmth. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Bert Teunissen's "Domestic Landscapes". "Over the past decade, Dutch photographer Bert Teunissen has documented hundreds of old European homes and the dignified, often elderly people who inhabit them. He seeks out rudimentary yet cultured settings aglow with a warm, timeless atmosphere; spaces with a very particular quality of natural light. 'Old World' details crowd the frame of each image: Ornate wallpaper, ancestral portraits, home-cured hams hung from exposed beams, and decorative dishware proudly displayed on mantels. These homes were built before the two World Wars, before electricity was a standard feature, at a time when sunlight played a pivotal role in the conception of architecture. Teunissen renders these last vestiges of Old Europe with a palette and a sensitivity to light that recalls, with astonishing sensitivity, Dutch Masters Vermeer and Rembrandt. At first glance, one might easily mistake any one of them for a Renaissance painting. They are certainly some of the most remarkable and intimate architectural portraits of recent years. The body of work dovetails with two traditions: The use of the camera to record cultural vestiges and a strain of portraiture that looks at subjects in their own environs. Made in numerous countries, including the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Italy, France, Great Britain, Spain, and Portugal, Teunissen's poignant photographs capture and record an architecture - and a way of life - that is disappearing" (Publisher's blurb). Make that, that has disappeared: Of the more than 350 homes that Teunissen patiently and urgently photographed over the years, he estimates that 90% no longer exist today. Except, of course, in his magnificent photographs. An absolute "must-have" title for Bert Teunissen collectors. This title is a contemporary photography classic. This is one of very few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing stilll available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Copies available online command incredible prices. A rare copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with full-page color plates. One of the greatest photographic projects of our time. A fine collectible copy. . ISBN 159711040X. $150.00

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