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Teske, Edmund (Artist/Photographer) & Cox, Julian (Curator). SPIRIT INTO MATTER: THE PHOTOGRAPHS OF EDMUND TESKE. Los Angeles, CA: The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2004. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 154 pages. As New/As New.

Landmark Exhibition Monograph. One of the finest books on the photographic art of Edmund Teske. 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 Markus Brilling: Oversize-volume format. Green cloth boards with metallic-silver titles embossed on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Edmund Teske. Essays by Julian Cox, Deborah Gribbon, and Weston Naef. "A Conversation With George Herms" Interview reproduced in its entirety. Chronology, Exhibition Checklist, Exhibition History, Bibliography, and Index assembled by Michael Hargraves and appended at the end. Color separations by Robert Hennessey. Printed on pristine-white, thick uncoated stock paper in Germany to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Published on the occasion of the exhibition of the same name held at the J. Paul Getty Museum Los Angeles from June 15 through September 26, 2004. The Getty Museum owns the single largest collection of Edmund Teske's prints. Presents "Spirit Into Matter: The Photographs of Edmund Teske". The breadth and depth of the great artist/photographer's oeuvre and achievement. Teske was a peerless, Classically-inspired photographer of architecture, landmarks, and landscapes. As proof, he was personally chosen by Frank Lloyd Wright to photograph the latter's creations (Teske's photograph of the great architect himself remains one of his most famous portraits). Teske's early photography was magisterial in a straightforward and "realistic" manner. A lifelong disciple of Walt Whitman and later a convert of Vedanta, he and his work evolved into a much more personal and inward-looking vein, which has been characterized by critics and scholars as "Romantic". The Bauhaus influence (Teske taught at the Bauhaus School of Chicago) also led him to various experiments using techniques such as solarization, superimposition, multiple exposures, composite printing, and duotoning, with breathtaking results. Yet ultimately, it is Teske's mystical vision that will move the viewer of these images, some of the most beautiful ever made by a modern artist. An absolute "must-have" title for Edmund Teske collectors. This title is now collectible. Laid-in is the Book Launch Invitation. This is one of 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. A scarce copy thus. 127 plates. One of the greatest artist/photographers of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER EDMUND TESKE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0892367601. $50.00

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