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Szarkowski, John. PHOTOGRAPHY UNTIL NOW. New York City, NY: Museum Of Modern Art, 1989. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 344 pages. Fine/Fine.

Massive Exhibition Monograph. One of the most important and most beautiful books on photography ever published in the 20th century. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the Softcover Edition. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original. The First Edition is now scarce. A brilliant production by Michael Hentges: Oversize-volume format. Maroon cloth boards with gilt titles embossed on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by various contributors, a Who's Who of the whole history of photography. Text by John Szarkowski, then as now, the greatest photography curator/scholar of our time. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. We do not make books like this any longer: The reproduction quality is outstanding in its warmth, tonal range, and crispness. 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 Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) New York in 1989. The show travelled on to other major venues in the United States in 1990. Presents John Szarkowski's "Photography Until Now". The author's indispensable and single most valuable contribution to photographic scholarship, more important than even his ground-breaking "Looking At Photographs" (1973). "No other book on photography describes so clearly the development of the medium, and specifically the pictorial implications of a series of inventions that have shaped the art and craft of photography and the cultural role of the photographer" (Publisher's blurb). "Szarkowski's exquisite eye is matched by prose whose grace is equal to its deep seriousness. Essential for anyone with an interest in photography or culture in larger terms" (Publishers Weekly). "I have attempted to map out a history of photographic pictures, organized according to patterns of technological change. It is my hope that this approach will allow the art of photography to be seen not as a special case, peripheral to the larger story of the medium's broad concerns and instrumental functions, but rather, simply as work that embodies the clearest, most eloquent expression of photography's historic and continuing search for a renewed and vital identity" (John Szarkowski). The book brilliantly showcases MOMA's Permanent Collection, the greatest in the world, which Szarkowski was singularly instrumental in putting together. An absolute "must-have" title for John Szarkowski and photography collectors. This title is a great photography book. 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: Far too many copies available online have serious flaws ("Very Good", "Near Fine") because they have been pored over repeatedly. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A scarce copy thus. 161 tritone, 126 duotone, 17 color plates. John Szarkowski's "Looking At Photographs" was selected as one of the greatest photography books in "The Photobook". One of the greatest photographic figures of the 20th century. A fine copy. . ISBN 0870705733. $100.00

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