Cialdella, Gary (Photographer); Hertzlieb, Gregg & Ruff, John (Contributors). THE CALUMET REGION: AN AMERICAN PLACE: PHOTOGRAPHS BY GARY CIALDELLA. Rockford, IL: Valparaiso University Press/University Of Illinois Press, 2009. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 160 pages. Fine/Fine.

Retrospective collection of black-and-white photographs. One of the most important photographic documents of an American place in our time. Review Copy. Review Material laid-in. 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 that sold out shortly after publication. The First Edition is now scarce. The book is very beautifully produced, with black cloth boards, full-page photographic plates by Gary Cialdella, and illuminating Essays by various contributors. Printed in tritone on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Gary Cialdella's "The Calumet Region: An American Place". "A series of black-and-white images by an insightful observer of Northwest Indiana's industrial/residential landscape". "A professional architectural photographer, fine artist, educator, and historian, Gary Cialdella found himself drawn to the region of his youth for a photographic exploration that has lasted more than twenty years, and that has resulted in hundreds of rich and complex works. Those images appear in this book, reflecting the artist's sensitive, sustained vision and the changes the region itself has experienced through economic shifts and the general effects of time. Examines this heavily industrialized area extending from South of Chicago to the Northwest corner of Indiana, an area of the United States that is often overlooked, but is vitally important to the country's history: Steel mills, tank farms, and refineries coexist with neighborhood houses in the artist's beautifully composed pieces, which please the eye with their full tonal range and crisp focus. Cialdella himself provides descriptions and explanations of his working methods, sources of inspiration, and life-experiences to add even greater richness to his images. Essays by Gregg Hertzlieb and John Ruff reflect on Cialdella's work as the definitive photographic treatment of the region's landscape. Offers an unforgettable portrait of a place that impresses with its strength and that moves us with the poignancy of its struggle" (Publisher's blurb). "Brings his soft, painterly eye to his subject, and provokes you to think beyond the forest, through the trees, into the banal and the oblique essence of decay" (Larry Fink). An absolute "must-have" title for Gary Cialdella collectors. This is a Review Copy. Laid-in is the Review Material. This title is a contemporary photography classic. As far as we know, this is the only Review Copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in esepcially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A scarce copy thus. 100 tritone plates. One of the finest living American photographers of architecture, place, and landscape. A fine copy. . ISBN 0252034562. $40.00

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