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Matar, Rania (Photographer) & Shadid, Anthony (Contributor). ORDINARY LIVES: PHOTOGRAPHS BY RANIA MATAR. New York City, NY: Quantuck Lane Press, 2009. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 136 pages. Fine/Fine.

Retrospective collection of black-and-white photographs. One of the most valuable documentary 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. A brilliant production by Rania Matar: Oversize-volume format. Red cloth boards with metallic-silver titles embossed on spine, as issued. Photographs by Rania Matar. Essay by Anthony Shadid. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper by Mondadori in Verona, Italy to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Rania Matar's "Ordinary Lives". Which is surely ironic as her subject is life under the most extraordinary circumstances. "Lebanon is a country built on dichotomies. It is a blend of cultures, poised at the intersection between the Western and Arab worlds. Born in Beirut and living in the West, Rania Matar is especially attuned to those dichotomies. Here she honors the lives of the women and children of Lebanon in evocative photographs. They convey the many facets of life, acknowledging the undeniable presence of war and tragedy yet celebrating the strength, dignity, and humanity of lives lived amid the rubble, in refugee camps, or behind the veil. Universal reminders of the tender bond between a mother and a child, the cheerful camaraderie of friends, and the resilience of the human spirit. Accompanying these photographs are excerpts from the poetry of celebrated Palestinian-American Lisa Majaj" (Publisher's blurb). "No one will forget the women and children in the pages that follow" (Anthony Shadid). An absolute "must-have" title for Rania Matar collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Rania Matar. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a contemporary photography classic. As far as we know, this is the only such 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. 100 duotone plates. One of the most brilliant photographers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER RANIA MATAR TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1593720378. $70.00

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