Wolke, Jay (Photographer); Travis, David & Snyder, Joel (Contributors). ALL AROUND THE HOUSE: PHOTOGRAPHS OF AMERICAN-JEWISH COMMUNAL LIFE. Chicago, IL: Art Institute Of Chicago, 1998. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 95 pages. Fine.

Retrospective Exhibition Monograph. Collection of color photographs. One of the most important photographic documents of its subject ever published. The First Edition. Precedes and should not be confsued with all other subsequent editions. Published in a very small and limited first print run as a softcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. The book is very beautifully produced on pictorial softcovers, with full-page color photographic plates by Jay Wolke and illuminating Essays by David Travis and Joel Snyder. Printed Meridian Printing Rhode Island in the United States to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Published on the occasion of the landmark retroepctive exhibition held at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1998. Presents Jay Wolke's "All Around The House: Photographs of American-Jewish Communal Life". Astonishing and unusual pictures of Jewish life in America. "An entirely different view of the Jewish experience. Shows Jews of Chicago and its suburbs, full of life and passion, glorying in their communal life: A baby's bris, men reading the Torah, boys at a morning service, a Passover Seder, Chanukah candle lighting" (Publisher's blurb). "A view of the complex culture of a people whose devotion to The Past everywhere intersects with the anxieties, pressures, and pleasures of The Present" (Joel Snyder). Yes, that is so true. The stunning cover image alone of a handsome, young Jewish boy, his hair dyed blonde, wearing jersey shorts over his traditional garb, captures the Jewish-American in all of his (or her) complicated, assimilated, and un-assimilated glory. An absolute "must-have" title for Jay Wolke collectors. This title is a contemporary photography classic. This is one of few copies of the First Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Please note: The book was published as a softcover original only. A scarce copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with color plates. One of the most brilliant living American photographers. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JAY WOLKE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0865591652. $40.00

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