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Josephson, Kenneth. KENNETH JOSEPHSON: A RETROSPECTIVE. Chicago, IL: The Art Institute Of Chicago, 1999. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 185 pages. Fine.

Retrospective Exhibition Monograph. One of the pioneering and best books on the photographic art of Kenneth Josephson. The First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a tiny first print run as a softcover original only that sold out shortly after publication. The true First Edition has a different cover image compared to all other subsequent printings. The First Edition is now rare. An austerely elegant production by the Art Institute of Chicago: Oversize-volume format. Pictorial softcovers with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Edited and curated by Sylvia Wolf. Essay by Andy Grundberg. Chronology and Interview with Stephanie Lipscomb. In publisher's original plastic wrappers. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in Chicago to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Published on the occasion of the landmark retrospective exhibition held at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1999. Presents "Kenneth Josephson: A Retrospective". "For over 50 years, Josephson has been using photography to explore ideas about how we view reality. Formally trained under Aaron Siskind and Harry Callahan, Josephson taught at the School of The Art Institute Chicago (SAIC) from 1960 to 1997. During his career, he produced an impressive array of work, ranging from stunning black-and-white prints to striking assemblages to humorous Polaroids. He has been exhibited widely in the United States and internationally. A retrospective of his many experiments and inquiries into the nature of photography, including several extensive Series, and other pieces being published for the very first time. Framed by informative essays. The result is not only an exciting explication of Josephson's endless curiosity, but also an important discussion of photography as a modern, flexible, and fully expressive artistic medium" (Publisher's blurb). The basis of ALL subsequent volumes on the lifework of an American Master Photographer, including "The Light of Coincidence: The Photographs of Kenneth Josephson" (2016). An absolute "must-have" title for Kenneth Josephson collectors. This copy of the Exhibition Monograph is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Kenneth Josephson. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a late-modern art photography classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the First Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: The true First Edition has a different cover image. ALL other copies available online are subsequent printings even if they are not indicated as such. A rare signed copy thus. 117 plates. One of the finest photographers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER KENNETH JOSEPHSON TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0865591784. $100.00

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