Cartagena, Alejandro (Photographer) & Blaustein, Jonathan (Contributor). SANTA BARBARA RETURN JOBS BACK TO US: THE LIMITED EDITION. Jesi, Italy: Skinnerboox, 2016. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 112 pages. As New/As New.

Collection of color photographs, presented as an Artist Book. One of Alejandro Cartagena's finest achievements. Limited Edition of 50 numbered, dated, and signed copies. Precedes and should not be confused with the regular trade edition. The Limited Edition is now scarce. A brilliant production by Alejandro Cartagena: Oversize-volume format. White softcovers, as issued. Photographs by Alejandro Cartagena. Text by Jonathan Blaustein printed on separate pamphlet that is laid into the book. Two 8 X 10 inch original color prints laid into the book. Brown paper envelope with "Save The American Dream" green sticker encloses the book, pamphlet, and prints. In red velvet cloth DJ with elaborate gilt titles on the cover, as issued. Presents, in its Limited Edition collectible format, Alejandro Cartagena's "Santa Barbara Return Jobs Back To US". A feral double-meaning of a title: Them versus Us. Mexico versus US. "Many of the photographs in this book are not 'about' anything per se. But their tone, seen together, leaves little mystery. Alejandro's 'America', seen through the lens of 'Santa Barbara', is a place hanging on by a thread. There are several images in the book, peering down on the street, taken from high up in a building somewhere. In other, happier times, I might enjoy their dynamic perspective. 'Wow, those are cool', I might think. But in the context of 2016, I couldn't help but imagine the photographer as a lonely, bitter shooter, eyeing up his next victim through a rifle-scope, anxious to squeeze the trigger, and move the drama along to its natural conclusion" (Jonathan Blaustein). An absolute "must-have" title for Alejandro Cartagena collectors. This is a copy of the Limited Edition, indicated/numbered as such in black ink-pen on the Back Limitation Page. It is also very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed and dated (in the year of publication) by the photographer: "Alejandro Cartagena 2016". Laid-in are two 8 X 10 inch original color prints, also very prominently and beautifully numbered, dated, and signed by the photographer: "Alejandro Cartagena 2016 (Number) /50". This title will become a contemporary photography classic. This is one of very few copies of the Limited Edition still available online and as issued, has no flaws, a pristine beauty. Please note: The brown paper envelope is very fragile, but it is also integral to the book and its meticulous production. Many copies available online do NOT have it. This one does. A rare signed copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with color plates, 2 original color prints. One of the most brilliant photographers of our time. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ALEJANDRO CARTAGENA TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 8894134121. $300.00

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