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Mollison, James (Photographer) & Goodall, Jane (Contributor). JAMES & OTHER APES: PHOTOGRAPHS BY JAMES MOLLISON. London, England: Chris Boot/Archive Of Modern Conflict, 2004. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 115 pages. Fine/Fine.

Collection of color portrait-photographs on subject. One of the most beautiful photography books of our time. The 2004 original and true First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the 2005 and 2009 Reissued Editions, which are both much smaller in size. The First Edition is now rare. In terms of production values, there is no comparison between the First Edition and its subsequent editions. A brilliant production by James Mollison and Marco Callegari: Oversize-volume format. A very tall and slim book. Pictorial hard boards with black titles on spine, as issued. Photographs by James Mollison. Essay by the great primatologist Jane Goodall. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated Scheufelen Job Parilux stock paper in Milan, Italy to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with white titles on the spine, as issued. Presents, in its First Edition, oversize format, James Mollison's "James & Other Apes". Extreme closeup portraits of our great relatives that consciously mimic Christian Boltanski's and Ken Ohara's iconic photo-ID work on human beings, with a brilliant twist. "Here are fifty great apes - chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans, and bonobos, our closest biological relatives. Photographed over a span of four years in seven ape sanctuaries (Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Republic of Congo, Indonesia, Germany, and the United States), they are mainly orphans, victims of the illicit trade in 'bushmeat'. Djeke, Fizi, Gregoire, the eponymous James, Koto, and others are all photographed as unique individuals while representing species whose survival is under threat. The faces that look back at us also raise profound moral and scientific questions, including what we mean when we define ourselves as 'human' " (Publisher's blurb). "I hope that 'James & Other Apes' will stimulate thinking and help people to understand better our place in nature. For many, it will be a humbling experience. We are different from other animals (as they are different from each other), but not as different as we think" (Jane Goodall). The "passport-ID" photographic aesthetic (brilliantly deployed by Boltanski and Ohara) is adapted by Mollison to stunning effect, and with moving results. An absolute "must-have" title for James Mollison collectors. This copy of the true First Edition (2004) comes with an official letter (written on his letterhead stationery) that is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black ink-pen by James Mollison. This title is a contemporary photography classic. As far as we know, this is the only copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing with signed letter available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Mollison signed the official letter about his book, NOT the book itself. Many copies available online have serious flaws. A rare signed copy thus. 50 color plates. One of the most brilliant photographers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER COPY OF THIS TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0954689402. $100.00

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