Soth, Alec (Photographer) & Schumann, Aaron (Contributor). GATHERED LEAVES. London, England: MACK, 2015. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. Unpaginated. As New.

Retrospective Catalog, presented as an Artist Book. One of the most beautiful art photography books of our time. The First Clamshell Box Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a very small and limited first print run as a clamshell box only. A brilliant production by Alec Soth: The Catalog gathers together four of his major books as exquisite, small-size facsimile reproductions. Complemented with an Essay by Aaron Schumann that is spread across large-format Postcards. The materials are all neatly housed together in a hardcover clamshell box. The Postcards: 28 full-size, 8 X 8 inch color and black-and-white postcards printed one side of the actual images shown in the touring exhibition. These are NOT your typical small-size mailer-postcards. These are beautifully printed on thick, glossy stock paper, and are eminently suitable for framing. The Mini-Facsimile Books: "Sleeping By The Mississippi"; "Niagara"; "Broken Manual"; and "Songbook". Without DJ, as issued. Published on the occasion of the touring exhibition, which uses the major bodies of work that Soth has published as books since 2004. Presents Alec Soth's "Gathered Leaves". An inspired re-presentation of Soth's significant achievement thus far. The title evokes Walt Whitman's "Leaves of Grass" (1855), the greatest American epic poem, which has influenced photographers as much as (if not more than) writers and poets. "Soth's meteoric rise to international acclaim began with his first book, 'Sleeping By The Mississippi'. It embodies not only a moment in which a new and original voice emerged with an unusual ability to transpose subtle and highly personal stories of local American life, but also marked a significant early event in the photo-book publishing boom we are currently experiencing. The success of his two subsequent volumes, 'Niagara' (2006) and 'Broken Manual' (2010), combined with the hugely influential exploration of self-publishing under his Little Brown Mushroom imprint, have all reinforced Soth's position as a master of the book form. The recent success of 'Songbook' (2015) has seen his return to mainstream book publishing" (Publisher's blurb). Well, when it comes to putting together a book that holds together perfectly, Alec Soth has few peers, and this beautifully conceived and realized Artist Book is further confirmation of the fact. Still, his work is not just a formalist exercise. It is acutely beautiful because Soth handles otherwise heavy socio-philosophical themes with a light touch, that is to say, as an artist (rather than a philosopher). An absolute "must-have" title for Alec Soth collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in black pen-marker by Alec Soth. It is signed directly on the clamshell box itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a contemporary photography classic. This is one of very few such signed copies of the First Clamshell Box Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: The Clamshell Box holds 28 full-size, 8 X 8 inch color and black-and-white postcards that are printed one side of the actual images shown in the touring exhibition. These are NOT your typical, small-size mailer-postcards. These are beautifully printed on thick, glossy stock paper, and are eminently suitable for framing. A scarce signed copy thus. 4 books, 28 full-size, 8 X 8 inch postcards. Alec Soth's "Sleeping By The Mississippi" was selected as one of the greatest photography books in "The Photobook". One of the most brilliant living photographers. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ALEC SOTH TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1910164364. $250.00

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