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Parr, Martin (Photographer/Curator/Author) & Badger, Gerry (Writer/CuratorAuthor) . THE PHOTOBOOK: A HISTORY VOLUME 2. London, England: Phaidon Press, 2006. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 340 pages. Fine/Fine.

Landmark historical survey and reference guide on subject. Volume Two 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 scarce. An austerely elegant production by HDR Visual Communication: Oversize-volume format. 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 2". The second, "follow-up", and in some ways, even more riveting volume of surely the most comprehensive history thus far of the photobook, the catchy name the authors have given to their subject. "Brings the fully illustrated history of the photobook fully up-to-date. Featuring over 200 photobooks, this lush survey offers a fresh approach to photographic history and is a celebration of the medium's diversity. Broadly thematic in structure, each chapter features an Introductory Essay followed by detailed discussion of the individual photobooks alongside images of the book covers and spreads. While the first volume stressed the subjective nature of the history of the medium and how that history was molded by the influences of curators and historians, the second volume brings a new perspective from the viewpoint of the photographer and the editor. A secret web of influences and inter-connections between photographers and photographic movements around the world is revealed, producing a global network of ideas" (Martin Parr and Gerry Badger). "The most important contribution to the field since modern histories of photography began to appear in the early twentieth century. It dwarfs previous publications in both its scope and the information it provides" (Photoeye). 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. Lavishly illustrated with hundreds of color 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 0714844330. $200.00

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