Richter, Curt (Photographer); Beattie, Ann; Cannella, Cara; Max, D. T.; White, Edmund & Others. THOUSAND WORDS. Bologna, Italy: Editore Damiani, 2016. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 95 pages. As New.

Retrospective collection of portrait-photographs. One of the most beautiful writer-portraits ever published in 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. A brilliant production by Curt Richter and Maarika Autio: Oversize-volume format. Pictorial hard boards with the photographic reproduction of a radiant Margaret Atwood on the cover and titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Curt Richter. Text by the great American writer Ann Beattie. Printed in tritone on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper by Damiani in Italy to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Curt Richter's "Thousand Words". Or as the wise saying goes, what every great picture is worth. "Celebrates the portraiture of Helsinki-based photographer Curt Richter with portraits of writers taken at the Key West Literary Festival. Among them are Kay Ryan, William Gibson, Geoff Dyer, Calvin Trillin, Margaret Atwood, Michael Cunningham, Ann Beattie, Gore Vidal, and Edmund White" (Publisher's blurb). Born and raised in New York City, Curt Richter began taking photographs at the age of 12, much like Richard Avedon before him, whose portraiture aesthetic has unmistakably influenced him: Spare. Minimalist. Essential. Richter has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and commissions from the National Endowment For The Arts and the National Endowment for The Humanities. His work is in the Permanent Collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) New York; The National Portrait Gallery Washington, DC; the Victoria And Albert Museum London; and the Bibliotheque Nationale Paris. He moved to Finland as a Fulbright Scholar in 1997, and continues to be based there, the Key West Literary Festival being one of the projects he has avidly pursued in the United States through annual visits. The very-well-known as well as the not-so-well-known writers in this moving and brilliant collection have rarely been photographed so revealingly or beautifully. An absolute "must-have" title for Curt Richter collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Curt Richter. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. It is also very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the same page by Cara Cannella, D. T. Max, and Edmund White. They launched the book at the one-time-only book launch in New York City. Laid-in is a pristine copy of the Souvenir Announcement of the event during which the signing was held. This title will become a photography classic. As far as we know, this is the only such multi-signed copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with tritone plates. Some of the most brilliant writers of our time. A fine copy. . ISBN 8862084781. $80.00

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