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Parr, Martin (Photographer/Curator/Author) & Badger, Gerry (Writer/Curator/Author) . THE PHOTOBOOK: A HISTORY VOLUME 1. London, England: Phaidon Press, 2004. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 320 pages. Fine/Fine.

Landmark historical survey and reference guide on subject. Volume One of three consecutive volumes, published in over a decade (between 2004 and 2014). Now considered a contemporary photography classic. 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. The First Edition is now rare. An austerely elegant production by HDR Visual Communication: Oversize-volume format. The book weighs almost 7 pounds. Black hard boards with pale gray titles on cover and spine, as issued. Selected, edited, written, and directed by Martin Parr and Gerry Badger. Photographs by Ian Bavington Jones. Supplemented with archival materials from various sources. Notes, Selected Bibliography, and invaluable Index appended at the end. Printed on thick coated stock paper in Hong Kong to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ, which is a dazzling collage of selected photobook DJ's, with white and gray titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Martin Parr's and Gerry Badger's "The Photobook: A History Volume 1". The inaugural, ground-breaking, and tone-setting volume of surely the most comprehensive history thus far of the photobook, the catchy name the authors have given to their subject. "While for some photographers the single print is considered the ultimate expression of their work, for many others, the photobook is the most important and accessible vehicle for the widespread communication of their vision" (Publisher's blurb). As such, Martin Parr and Gerry Badger have not only delivered a long-overdue reference of the canon, but a refreshing, new perspective on the history of photography itself. More than 200 of the greatest photography books are discussed in Volume One in the larger context of the medium's evolution and history and as singular achievements. "All histories are of course subjective. What we have done is to try and start this project without preconceptions. No book or photographer has been automatically included just because the official history dictates it; many key figures have been excluded. And we've omitted a number of great photographers because they've never made a great book". At the same time: "We have gone out of our way to be inclusive, welcoming books from countries beyond the usual European-American axis, which are normally overlooked in other histories" (Martin Parr and Gerry Badger). The photograph is itself a medium, and has re-defined the work of art in our time as medium. The whole idea of the photobook, as articulated by Parr and Badger, is interesting and provocative precisely because it attempts to re-define photography (and the photographic vision itself) through another medium, the book. As such, it is an indispensable guide. An absolute "must-have" title for Martin Parr, Gerry Badger, and photography book collectors. This title is a contemporary photography book 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 subsequent printings or have serious flaws because the copies have been pored over again and again. A rare copy thus. 750 plates. Some of the most important and influential photographers and their photobooks. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER "THE PHOTOBOOK: A HISTORY" TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0714842850. $200.00

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