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Proulx, E. Annie; Theroux, Paul; Calvino, Italo; Cortazar, Julio; Ozick ,Cynthia & Other Authors. CAUGHT IN THE ACT: THE PHOTOGRAPHER IN CONTEMPORARY FICTION. New York City, NY: Timken Publishers, 1996. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 150 pages. Fine.

Retrospective collection of short stories on subject. One of the most remarkable collections of its kind in our time. The first and only edition. Published in a tiny first print run as a softcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. An austerely elegant production by Timken Publishers: Regular-sized volume format. Pictorial softcovers with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Short stories by various writers, a Who's Who of modern global fiction. They include V. S. Pritchett, E. Annie Proulx, Cynthia Ozick, Alberto Moravia, Paul Theroux, Julio Cortazar, and Italo Calvino, among others. Photographs by various artists, also a Who's Who of contemporary photography. They include Bill Brandt, Walker Evans, O. Winston Link, Weegee, and Garry Winogrand, among others. Selected and edited with an Introduction by Barry Munger, himself a practicing and successful photographer. Printed on pristine-white, archival stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents "Caught In The Act: The Photographer In Contemporary Fiction". Where the photographer is viewed as a voyeur, interloper, seducer, opportunist, and otherwise ambivalent, compromised figure. Voyeurism is not just an inescapable aspect of the photographic enterprise, it is inherent and essential to it. No one seems to have understood this reality as well as fiction writers, whether they see the photographer (mostly) darkly, (sometimes) humorously, or (somewhat) sympathetically. At least six of the ten writers have written canonical fiction on photography: V. S. Pritchett ("The Image Trade"); E. Annie Proulx ("Negatives"); Cynthia Ozick ("Shots"); Paul Theroux (an Excerpt from his great novel, "Picture Palace"); Julio Cortazar ("Blow-Up", the basis for the Michelangelo Antonioni film, the single greatest film ever made on photography); and Italo Calvino ("The Adventures of A Photographer"). In response to these great writers' dark view of photography, a great photographer had this much to say: "This superb book of two fictions, words and images, exposes the wonder and terror that is the photograph" (Avedon). An absolute "must-have" title for Modern First and photography collectors alike. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black pen on their respective Contributions by E. Annie Proulx and Paul Theroux. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a great collection. As far as we know, this is the only such double-signed copy of the First Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy. Lavishly illustrated with black-and-white plates. Some of the greatest writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ANNIE PROULX, PAUL THEROUX, CYNTHIA OZICK, ITALO CALVINO, AND JULIO CORTAZAR TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0943221277. $100.00

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