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Fraenkel, Jeffrey; Arbus, Diane; Brassai; Eggleston, William; Ray, Man & Other Photographers . 20TWENTY. San Francisco, CA: Fraenkel Gallery, 1999. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 183 pages. Fine.

Exhibition Catalog. Retrospective collection of photographs. The first and only edition. Published in a small and limited one-time-only print run as a hardcover original only. The Exhibition Catalog is now scarce. An austerely elegant production by Catherine Mills Design Seattle: Oversize-volume format. Pictorial hard boards, which reproduces an extreme closeup version of Man Ray's "Glass Tears, 1933", with titles on the spine, as issued. Photographs by various contributors, a Who's Who of the history of photography. Text by Jeffrey Fraenkel. Printed in tritone and color on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. The reproduction quality is exemplary in every respect. Without DJ, as issued. Published on the occasion of the 20th-Anniversary Exhibition of Fraenkel Gallery San Francisco in 1999. Presents "20Twenty". Another very personal selection of great photographs by Jeffrey Fraenkel. "A full-strength celebration of the medium of photography itself. Moving backward, forward, and sideways through photography's history, weaves unexpected connections between artists as disparate as Duchamp and Eggleston, Arbus and Nadar. Incorporating anonymous photographs as well as works by masters such as Watkins, Brassai, and the Bechers, a visual testament to the past, present, and future relevance of the medium" (Publisher's blurb). "True to Fraenkel's statement that the art form is based on 'photography's particular manner of describing things'. Documenting one man's connoisseurship, this quiet, handsome volume portrays Fraenkel's high standards, and sheds light on the subtle, mysterious relationships among eye, lens, and image through its careful selection of photographs" (David Bryant). An absolute "must-have" title for photography book collectors. This title is a contemporary photography classic. This is one of few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing 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 tritone and color plates. Some of the greatest photographers in its history. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO "SEEING THINGS", "FURTHERMORE", "THE PLOT THICKENS", AND OTHER FRAENKEL GALLERY TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1881337073. $50.00

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