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Meatyard, Ralph Eugene (Photographer); Berry, Wendell & Other Contributors. RALPH EUGENE MEATYARD: AN AMERICAN VISIONARY. Akron, OH: Akron Art Museum/Rizzoli, 1991. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 207 pages. As New.

Retrospective Monograph. One of the best books on the photographic art of Ralph Eugene Meatyard. The First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a softcover original. The First Edition is now scarce. A brilliant production by Steven Schoenfelder: Oversize-volume format. Pictorial softcovers with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Ralph Eugene Meatyard. Foreword by Mitchell D. Kahan. Essays by Barbara Tannenbaum, David L. Jacobs, Van Deren Coke, and Wendell Berry, the great American novelist and poet. List of Illustrations, Chronology of the Photographer's Life, Exhibition History, Bibliography, and Notes appended at the end. Printed from separations by Robert J. Hennessey on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in Milan, Italy to the highest standards. In publisher's original shrinkwrap. Without DJ, as issued. Published on the occasion of the travelling exhibition that culminated at the Akron Art Museum in 1991. Presents "Ralph Eugene Meatyard: An American Visionary". A Surrealist, an original, and one of photography's few visionaries. Meatyard's best work is more intriguing, more haunting, and more powerful than those of the European Surrealists themselves. He has influenced the work of many contemporary artists and photographers, from Sally Mann to Cindy Sherman, Francesca Woodman to Justine Kurland, Keith Carter to Robert Maxwell, John Dugdale to Sante d'Orazio, among many others. "Child As A Bird", the photograph Meatyard took of his son flailing his arms, thereby making them look like a bird's wings, is one of the greatest images in the history of photography. "Ralph Eugene Meatyard was one of only a few photographers who had any sort of influence on me. I believed in his bizarre, fictional world" (Cindy Sherman). "He seemed to be struggling for a Civil Rights of the imagination" (Emmet Gowin). An absolute "must-have" title for Ralph Eugene Meatyard collectors. This title is a late-modern classic. This is one of few copies of the First Edition/First Printing still available online, is still in the publisher's original shrinkwrap, and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. Please note: Many copies available online have serious flaws yet are priced as though they had collectible value. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A scarce copy thus. 95 duotone plates, 25 illustrations. Ralph Eugene Meatyard's "The Family Album of Lucybelle Crater" was selected as one of the greatest photography books in "The Photobook" and by The Hasselblad Center. One of the greatest artist/photographers of the 20th century. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER RALPH EUGENE MEATYARD TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0847813754. $100.00

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