(Click for larger image)

Walther, Thomas (Author/Collector/Curator) & Fineman, Mia (Contributor). OTHER PICTURES: ANONYMOUS PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE THOMAS WALTHER COLLECTION. Santa Fe, NM: Twin Palms Publishing, 2000. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 178 pages. As New/As New.

Retrospective collection of photographs. One of the most beautiful and most valuable photography books of our time. Limited Edition of 5000 copies. The first and only edition. An austerely elegant production by Jack Woody: Regular-sized volume format. Gray cloth boards with black titles embossed on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by various contributors, all of them anonymous amateur photographers. Text by Mia Fineman. Printed on thick coated stock paper to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Thomas Walther's "Other Pictures". A wide-ranging selection of the best photographs from the landmark Thomas Walther Collection. "An avid collector of photographs finds himself compelled to look past another vintage print by Walker Evans or Edward Weston. He discovers compelling, magically composed snapshots of a couple, a family, a street scene, or a naked woman. He finds these pictures in family albums, shoe boxes, and at flea markets. With dedication and intensity, Thomas Walther, a visionary collector of photography, has been sorting through the seemingly superfluous vernacular photography of this century. 'Other Pictures' is his selection of found images" (Publisher's blurb). Thomas Walther was a pioneer, significantly preceding such professional photographer/collectors as Tacita Dean ("Floh", 2001), Erik Kessels ("In Almost Every Picture", an ongoing Series), Gilles Peress ("Here Is New York: A Democracy of Photographs", 2002), and The New Yorker Magazine photography critic Vince Aletti ("Male", 2008), among legion other collectors of vernacular photographs, that is, some of the most beautiful photographs ever taken by great unknowns. The best vintage album "finds" now fetch auction-house prices from galleries, rare book dealers, and leading auction houses. They are a testament to photography's status as THE democratic art, resulting in the collecting frenzy that has spilled over into and gripped photography's technological successors in film, video, digital online as well as what "Other Pictures" is, the humble photobook. They confirm what collecting is, finally, all about: Discovering who one is by finding what one loves. An absolute "must-have" title for Thomas Walther and photography collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed, dated (in the year of publication), and inscribed in black ink-pen on the title page by the author/collector/curator: "For Paul Berlanga: Enjoy! Thomas Walther 27 Oct. 2000". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. The recipient is a Chicago-based artist and photography expert. This title is a contemporary photography book classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed, dated, and inscribed copy of the Limited Edition available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Many copies available online are remainder-marked or have serious flaws because they have been pored over again and again. A rare signed copy thus. 150 plates. Some of the best photographs ever collected and gathered together in our time by a great collector. A fine copy. . ISBN 0944092829. $80.00

This item is available for purchase. This web page was most recently updated on May 31, 2020.