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Fraenkel, Jeffrey; Adams, Robert; Evans, Walker; Soth, Alec; Sugimoto, Hiroshi & Other Photographers. THE PLOT THICKENS. San Francisco, CA: Fraenkel Gallery, 2014. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 255 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. A brilliant production by Katy Homans: Oversize-volume format. Pictorial black velvet boards, which reproduce vernacular photographs on the cover, with gilt titles embossed on the cover and 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 by Trifolio in Verona, Italy to the highest standards. The reproduction quality is outstanding in every respect. In publisher's plastic bag. Without DJ, as issued. Published on the occasion of the 35th-Anniversary Exhibition of Fraenkel Gallery San Francisco in 2014. Presents "The Plot Thickens". Another very personal selection of great photographs by Jeffrey Fraenkel. "An eye-opening expedition through the history of the medium, with wide-ranging photographs by artists as diverse as Diane Arbus, Christian Marclay, Robert Adams, Bernd & Hilla Becher, Mel Bochner, Walker Evans, Sol LeWitt, Lee Friedlander, Alec Soth, Katy Grannan, Hiroshi Sugimoto, and Richard Learoyd. Includes a trove of images by unknown photographers, virtually none of which have been reproduced before. A meditation on the inexplicable essence of the medium and an essential new publication for anyone who cares seriously about art and photography" (Publisher's blurb). 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. It is, quite simply, the single most beautiful copy we have ever seen. Please note: Copies available online have serious flaws yet command as much as $200. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A scarce copy thus. 90 tritone and color plates. Some of the greatest photographers in its history. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO "SEEING THINGS", "FURTHERMORE", "20TWENTY", AND OTHER FRAENKEL GALLERY TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1881337391. $90.00

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