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Schneider, Gary (Artist/Photographer) & Law-Viljoen, Bronwyn (Editor/Contributor). GARY SCHNEIDER: HANDBOOK SOUTH AFRICAN ARTISTS. Johannesburg, South Africa: Fourthwall Books, 2015. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 172 pages. Fine.

Retrospective collection of photographs. One of Gary Schneider's finest achievements. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the Aperture Edition. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. A brilliant production by Gary Schneider and Oliver Barstow: Oversize-volume format. Pictorial hard boards with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Gary Schneider. Each hand-print portrait is accompanied by a brief text on the artist whose hand was photographed, a Who's Who of South African art and photography. Essay by Bronywn Law-Viljoen. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in Johannesburg, South Africa to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Gary Schneider's "Handbook: South African Artists". The first in the Series of ground-breaking handprint portraits. "In 2011, on a trip to South Africa for an exhibition, Gary Schneider began a series of hand-print portraits of South African artists. Having grown up in South Africa, which he left in 1977 at the age of twenty-three, Schneider realized that this would not be an overview of South African art, but rather a way to reconnect with a country that still has an enormous influence on his work. Each imprint is a record as singular and individual as a fingerprint, but at the same time, free of all the usual markers of physical identity. Gary Schneider was born in East London, South Africa and grew up in Cape Town. After graduating with a BFA from the Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town, he left South Africa for New York to do an MFA at the Pratt Institute. Schneider has had solo exhibitions in many institutions and galleries, including Artist Space New York, the Musee de l'Elysee Lausanne, the International Center of Photography New York, the Contemporary Museum Honolulu, the Sackler Museum Boston, the Museum of Photographic Art San Diego, and the Reykjavik Art Museum. He has received an Eisenstaedt Award from Life Magazine, a National Endowment for The Arts Grant, a Lou Stoumen Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship to complete this project. His work is in several public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Whitney Museum, and Harvard Art Museum" (Publisher's blurb). An absolute "must-have" title for Gary Schneider collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed and dated (in the year of publication) in black ink-pen on the title page by the artist/photographer: "Gary Schneider 2015". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a contemporary art photography classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed and publication-year dated copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. 77 color plates. One of the most brilliant artist/photographers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE OTHER GARY SCHNEIDER TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0992226384. $100.00

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