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Temkin, Brad (Photographer) & Various Contributors. ROOFTOP: PHOTOGRAPHS BY BRAD TEMKIN. Santa Fe, New Mexico: Radius Books, 2016. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 144 pages. As New.

Retrospective collection of color photographs. One of the most beautiful photography books of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a very small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. A brilliant production by David Chickey and David Skolkin: Oversize-volumes format. There are two separate books, about the same size: Volume One is the Portfolio of Photographs, in pictorial hard boards with titles on the spine. Volume Two consists of the accompanying Essays by various contributors, in pictorial softcovers. Both volumes are laid into a handsome case: Plexi-Glass Slipcase with white titles in front. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in Verona, Italy to the highest standards. Although not called for, this also comes with a pristine copy of the Advance Promotional Booklet, issued by the publisher to announce the book's imminent publication. In publisher's original plastic wrappers. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Brad Temkin's "Rooftop". "Draws poetic attention to an important new movement that counters the heat-island effect occurring in cities. Green roofs reduce our carbon footprint and improve storm water control, but they do far more. They reflect the conflict of our existence, symbolizing the allure of Nature in the face of our continuing urban sprawl. Temkin's images, shot in locations ranging from Chicago to Zurich, do more than merely document rooftop gardens. By securely situating the gardens within the steel, stone, and glass rectangularity of urban downtown, he asks viewers to revel in their far more open patterns, colors, and connection to the sky. Essays by John Rohrbach, Steven Peck, and Roger Schickedantz address such things as the aesthetics and intent of the photographs, living architecture, design, sustainability, and the idea of bringing Nature into a new urban context" (Publisher's blurb). Brad Temkin's first collection, "Private Places: Photographs of Chicago Gardens" (2005), showed how a severely climate-challenged city has coped and flourished with lovingly cultivated gardens (that die in winter and then bounce back, miraculously, in spring). Here is his glorious sequel of rooftop gardens, from Chicago to Zurich. An absolute "must-have" title for Brad Temkin collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed and dated (before publication) in black pen-marker on the title page of Volume One by the photographer: "Brad Temkin January 2016". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. He also very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in the same black pen-marker Volume Two. Although not called for, this comes with a pristine copy of the Advance Promotional Booklet, issued by the publisher to announce the book's imminent publication. This title will become a contemporary photography classic. As far as we know, this is the only such double-signed copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with color plates. One of the finest living American photographers. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER BRAD TEMKIN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1934435945. $80.00

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