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Temkin, Brad (Photographer) & Slemmons, Rod (Contributor). PRIVATE PLACES: PHOTOGRAPHS OF CHICAGO GARDENS. Santa Fe, NM: The Center For American Places, 2005. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 70 pages. Fine/Fine.

The photographer's breakthrough collection of color photographs on subject. One of the most beautiful photography books of our time. Limited Edition of 2750 copies. The first and only edition. Published as a hardcover original only by The American Center for American Places as part of the ongoing series to document for posterity valuable natural and man-made environments in the United States. A brilliant production by Brad Temkin and David Skolkin: Regular-sized volume format. Mustard cloth boards with titles embossed on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Brad Temkin. Essay, "Green Thoughts", by Rod Slemmons. List of Plates appended at the end. Printed on 170 gsm Silk Gallery thick coated stock paper by the legendary Oddi Printing in Iceland to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Brad Temkin's "Private Places", a warmer, sunnier, and more radiant view of Chicago, which has a well-deserved reputation as the "dead-of-winter". People with chilly scenes of winter in mind can be forgiven if they think that this sun-drenched view of Chicago is sheer fantasy, literally impossible. Impossible to imagine perhaps, but here they are for real: Luxuriant and glorious gardens in Wicker Park, Lakeview, Pilsen, Edgewater, Ravenswood, Skokie, and Bucktown, among other places. "Brad Temkin has captured something poignant and wonderful about the human urge to be in harmony with Nature even in the bleakest and most urban circumstances" (Corcoran Gallery of Art). If you have a green thumb or love gardens, you will pore and linger over every image in this book again and again. Still, its greatest achievement is that you do not have to have a garden to be captivated by and become addicted to it. An absolute "must-have" title for Brad Temkin collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black pen-marker on the title page by Brad Temkin. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a contemporary photography classic. As far as we know, this is one of only two signed copies of the Limited Edition still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. 52 color plates. One of the finest living American photographers. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER BRAD TEMKIN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1930066414. $80.00

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