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Evans, Walker; Goldberg, Jim; Lange, Dorothea; Michals, Duane; Smith, W. Eugene & Others. PHOTOGRAPHIC MEMORY: THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS COLLECTION. Washington, DC: Library of Congress/Aperture Foundation, 2011. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 290 pages. As New.

Retrospective collection of photo-albums in the Library of Congress Permanent Collection. 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 small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only that sold out shortly after publication. Many copies were acquired by private and public university libraries. The First Edition is now scarce. A brilliant production by the Aperture Foundation: Oversize-volume format. Khaki cloth boards with photographic reproductions pasted in front and on the back, and blue titles embossed on the cover and spine, as issued. Photo-albums by various artists, a Who's Who of 20th century and contemporary photography, as well as by anonymous photographers. Edited with definitive text by Verna Posever Curtis. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in Hong Kong to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents, in a beautifully produced volume, the Library of Congress' "Photographic Memory: The Album In The Age of Photography". "As photography became an increasingly accessible medium in the 20th century, the popularity of the photographic album exploded, yielding a wonderful range of objects made for varying purposes: To memorialize, to document, to promote, to educate, and to channel creative energy. Traces the rise of the album from the turn of last century to the present day, showcasing some of the most important examples in the history of the medium, as collected by the Library of Congress. Includes albums by acclaimed photographers and filmmakers, among them Walker Evans, Danny Lyon, F. Holland Day, Jim Goldberg, Dorothea Lange, Duane Michals, and W. Eugene Smith as well as lesser-known but equally significant albums. Each album is beautifully reproduced over numerous spreads with an accompanying detailed explanatory text. An insightful history of the album format as well as an informative Essay about caring for and restoring albums are included. At a time when the physical collection of photographs has become increasingly immaterial through the ascent of digital technology, and at a time in which radical shifts have occurred in the status of handmade artists' objects, 'Photographic Memory' is a comprehensive illustrated history of a form of presentation that became an art in itself" (Publisher's blurb). The Digital Age will NOT kill the handmade photo-album although it has definitely lessened its production in terms of sheer quantity. But, in the process, it will make the photo-album - just like the photography book and the photographic print - more, not less, desirable. An absolute "must-have" title for photography book collectors. This title is a great photography book. As far as we know, this is the only copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing ("First Edition" statement and full number line ending in 1 on the Copyright Page) available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare copy thus. One of the most important photography collections of its kind. A fine collectible copy. . ISBN 1597111317. $150.00

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