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Metzker, Ray K. (Photographer); Ewing, William A. (Author) & Herschdorfer, Nathalie (Contributor). LIGHT LINES: PHOTOGRAPHS BY RAY K. METZKER. Gottingen, Germany: Gerhard Steidl Druckerei Und Verlag, 2008. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 288 pages. Fine/Fine.

Retrospective Monograph. One of the most valuable photography books of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. An austerely elegant production by Ray K. Metzker and Gerhard Steidl: Oversize-volume format. Gray cloth boards with metallic-silver titles embossed on spine, as issued. Photographs by Ray K. Metzker. Essay by William A. Ewing. Conversation/Interview by Nathalie Herschdorfer. Printed in tritone on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper by Steidl in Gottingen, Germany to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Published on the occasion of the landmark retrospective exhibition of the same name held at the Musee de l'Elysee Lausanne, Switzerland in 2008. Presents Ray K. Metzker's "Light Lines". The single most comprehensive overview of AND in-depth look at his remarkable body of work. The images are divided into eleven sections, covering a fifty-plus-year period, between 1956 and 2007. "From his early education at The Art Institute of Chicago, Ray K. Metzker inherited the rich vocabulary of avant-garde photography between the wars: Photo-montage, solarization, multiple printing of negatives, unique perspectives, and diagonals. Metzker never lost the urge to experiment with the grammar and syntax of the medium, whether it was games played within the camera itself (the 'Doubleframes') or complex manipulations in the darkroom (the 'Composites'). He has drawn inspiration from the neighborhoods where he has lived (mainly, Chicago and Philadelphia) and from Nature although the vegetation he depicts might be a weed-clogged vacant city lot as easily as the vast open plains of the American West. De-composing, re-composing, de-constructing, re-constructing, Metzker reminds us of the great and inexhaustible potential of photography when practiced by a Master" (Publisher's blurb). Metzker's continually evolving photographic technique and language represent one of the most ambitious, cutting-edge, and at the same time, aesthetically rewarding journeys in the history of photography. An absolute "must-have" title for Ray K. Metzker collectors. This title is an art photography classic. This is one of very few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Most copies available online have serious flaws ("Very Good"). Copies command as much as $1000. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare copy thus. 180 tritone plates. One of the most important and influential photographers of our time. A fine collectible copy. . ISBN 3865213871. $250.00

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