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Plonsker, Madeleine P.; Abascal, Pedro; Ramirez, Nelson; Weinstein, Michael & Quine, James. THE LIGHT IN CUBAN EYES: LAKE FOREST COLLEGE'S MADELEINE P. PLONSKER COLLECTION OF CONTEMPORARY CUBAN PHOTOGRAPHY. Lake Forest, IL: Lake Forest College, 2015. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 285 pages. As New/As New.

Retrospective collection of photographs. One of the most stunningly beautiful photography books of its kind ever published. 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 by a University Press. The book is magnificently produced, with pictorial hard boards, definitive essays, and truly great photographs reproduced on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents "The Light In Cuban Eyes". The definitive book on its subject thus far. "In 2002, art collector and philanthropist Madeleine P. Plonsker began traveling to Cuba to uncover Havana's thriving art scene. Focuses on Cuban photography between 1992 and 2012. These years cover Cuba's 'Special Period', a desperate time resulting from the withdrawal of financial support from the former Soviet Union that continues to present day. The fifty artists represented in this bilingual book, including Juan Carlos Alom, Adrian Fernandez Milanes, Marta Maria Perez Bravo, Cirenaica Moreira, and Glenda Leon, shoot their worlds in styles ranging from fabulist to gritty. This is world-class work yet the artists are often known only to the small population of collectors fortunate enough to have traveled to this tightly restricted country or through art-world reputations that have only recently started to expand beyond the island" (Publisher's blurb). "The range of photographers and their magnetic images reminds us of the complexity of contemporary Cuban culture. This is a book that reflects unique qualities about this special island, its sense of place and people, while also claiming a place for this array of work within the context of the best photography in our day" (The Wall Street Journal). Well, Juan Carlos Alom, to cite only the most obvious example, is a certified, bona fide world-class artist/photographer. His sublime photographs are in major museums in the United States and Europe. They are unbelievable in their power, originality, and beauty. Simply put, for all their worldly success, there are very few contemporary American photographers of comparable stature and achievement as Alom (at least to connoisseur American and European eyes). Even Larry Clark, who has visited Cuba, says so. An indispensable guide to a great photographic culture emergent and in due course, regnant. The United States and Cuba restored diplomatic relations on Monday, July 20, 2015, after a fifty-four-year rupture. An absolute "must-have" title for photography book collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed and inscribed in black ink-pen on the title page by Madeleine P. Plonsker and all of her curator/writers: Pedro Abascal, Nelson Ramirez de Arellano Conde, Michael Weinstein, and James Quine. This title will become a contemporary photography classic. As far as we know, this is the only such multi-signed and inscribed copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: The only other signed copy is also from us. A rare signed copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with hundreds of plates. Some of the greatest photographers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER COPY OF THIS TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1941423906. $100.00

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