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Davis, Lynn (Photographer); Smith, Patti & Wurlitzer, Rudolph (Contributors). LYNN DAVIS: MONUMENT. Santa Fe, NM: Arena Editions, 1999. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 160 pages. As New/As New.

Retrospective collection of landscape and landmark photographs. One of the most beautiful art photography books of our time. The first and only edition. Published in a small and limited print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. An austerely elegant production by James Crump and Elsa Kendall: Oversize-volume format. Pale gray cloth boards with metallic-silver titles embossed on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Lynn Davis. Poem by Patti Smith. Introduction by Rudolph Wurlitzer. In publisher's original shrinkwrap. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper by EBS in Verona, Italy to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with white titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Lynn Davis' "Monument". Her ambitious attempt to leave her mark on the landscape and landmark genre. She has succeeded brilliantly. The concept behind the collection is that a monument is a natural or a man-made structure whose motif is ascension. The greatest landmarks by Man, as Lynn Davis sees and presents them, rival, and often surpass, those of Nature, as breakthtaking as the latter can be. Her images have a global reach: Egypt, Australia, Cambodia, Burma, Thailand, Syria, Jordan, Turkey, Yemen, Lebanon, Greenland, and the United States. They include the Pyramid of Giza, Buddhist temples, the icebergs of Greenland, among other stupendous pinnacles of Nature and Man. "Davis articulates both the omnipotent forces of Nature and the most resolute building endeavors ever undertaken by Man. Davis's aesthetic is cool and refined; her sparse composition, and controlled modeling of light evoke solitude and contemplation" (Publisher's blurb). An absolute "must-have" title for Lynn Davis collectors. This title is a contemporary art photography classic. This is one of few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online, is still in the publisher's original shrinkwrap, and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A scarce copy thus. 60 plates. One of the most brilliant American photographers of our time. A fine copy. . ISBN 1892041073. $70.00

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