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Daiter, Stephen (Editor/Publisher); Sterling, Joseph (Photographer) & Davis, Keith F. (Contributor). JOSEPH STERLING: AGE OF ADOLESCENCE: THE EXHIBITION CATALOG. Chicago, IL: Stephen Daiter Gallery, 2002. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 30 pages. As New.

Exhibition Catalog. The first and only edition. Precedes, and is the basis of, the full-fledged book of the same title. Published in a small and limited print run as a softcover original only. There is no ISBN. The Exhibition Catalog is now scarce. A brilliant production by David W. Williams: Regular-sized volume format. Pictorial softcovers with titles on the cover, as issued. Introduction by the photography expert and scholar Keith F. Davis. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Published on the occasion of the exhibition of the same name held at the Stephen Daiter Gallery in Chicago from March 1 to April 20, 2002. Presents, for the very first time, Joseph Sterling's "Age of Adolescence". Selections from the great photographer's breakthrough Series. Its debut release, preceding the book by a full year, it is one of the best photographic records of The American Teen-ager. "This Age sparkles with the promise of what's to come, hides its insecurities under the cover of bravado, and trembles with excitement about the here and now. From 1959 to 1964 (arguably the Adolescence of America itself), Joseph Sterling photographed teenagers, hanging out after school, at drive-ins, in fast cars. As Sterling himself defined it, 'the world of the adolescent is totally interlaced within itself and incapable of freeing itself. It whirls, rolls, and engulfs what it is allowed to engulf' "(Publisher's blurb). The "Age of Adolescence" shows American kids to be both playful and serious, friendly and menacing, cheerful and pensive. Some images anticipate the work of many contemporary photographers without their necessarily being aware of it. Their remarkable simplicity and effortless grace have re-appeared in so many images of young people ever since. Still, few photographs have the timeless appeal as Joseph Sterling's work. Closely identified with the Institute of Design (ID), Sterling has done work characterized by the technical perfection and formal experimentation identified with the Bauhaus-inspired Institute. Here, he lets go, and the result is simply wonderful. Sadly, the book itself was also the last published by Sterling, who died unexpectedly on November 12, 2010. An absolute "must-have" title for Joseph Sterling collectors. This title is now collectible. This is one of few copies of the Exhibition Catalog still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Copies available online have serious flaws. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A scarce copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with duotone plates. One of the finest American photographers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JOSEPH STERLING TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). $10.00

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