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Koch, Lewis (Artist/Photographer); Mandel, David; Simon, Michael & Talbot, George (Contributors). SITES OF SOUTHERN WISCONSIN: THREE PHOTOGRAPHERS VIEW COMMONPLACE STRUCTURES AND THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT. Madison, WI: State Historical Society Wisconsin/Turtle Press, 1981. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 30 pages. Fine.

Retrospective collection of black-and-white photographs on subject. One of the most remarkable photography books on Wisconsin. The first and only edition. Published in a tiny first print run as a softcover original only. The First Edition is now rare. An austerely elegant production by Lewis Koch And Company: Regular-sized volume format. White pictorial softcovers with black titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Lewis Koch, David Mandel, and Michael Simon. Text by George Talbot. Printed on pristine-white, archival stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents "Sites of Southern Wisconsin: Three Photographers View Commonplace Structures And The Built Environment". The purple Badger State captured by her very best artists in "New Topographics"-like, laconic, and detached photographs of places and locales. A record and document, it also reflects the advanced Modernist aesthetics of Lewis Koch, David Mandel, and Michael Simon: These images could not be farther away from the lush Romanticism of their predecessor in Ansel Adams while having a lot more in common with the work of the other great Adams, Robert. Koch is an artist's artist who makes photographic works, site-specific installations, and sculptural assemblage. He has exhibited extensively throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, in which countries his work is in the Permanent Collections of major museums. He isn't as well-known as Ed Ruscha (although he deserves to be). Like Ruscha, he makes his own Artist Books from scratch: From concept to image to design to full realization. An absolute "must-have" title for Lewis Koch collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed, placed, and dated in black ink-pen on the title page by the artist/photographer: "Lewis Koch Madison, WI 2016". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is now collectible. As far as we know, this is the only such signed, placed, and dated copy of the First Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: ALL other copies available online have serious flaws. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. Three of the most brilliant American artist/photographers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER LEWIS KOCH AND ED RUSCHA TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0870202103. $40.00

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