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Parr, Martin (Photographer) & Aslan, John (Contributor). A8: PHOTOGRAPHS BY MARTIN PARR. London, England: JMP Journal, 2005. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. Unpaginated. Fine.

Retrospective collection of photographs. One of Martin Parr's finest achievements. The first and only edition. Published in a one-time-only print run of 500 copies as a softcover original only. The First Edition is now rare. An austerely elegant production by John McAslan and Associates: Oversize tabloid format. Pristine-white softcovers with titles on the cover, as issued. Photographs by Martin Parr. Brief text by John McAslan. Printed on pristine-white, thick uncoated stock paper in the United Kingdom to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Martin Parr's "A8". Some of his most evocatively beautiful photographs, of a place that is several things simultaneously. "A motorway, a dual carriageway, and finally a local road connecting Post Glasgow to Greenock, Gourock, and Dunoon. I grew up there, and retain a great affection for the raw and intense beauty of the place. For some time, I've wondered how I might express this. So I asked Martin Parr to collaborate on a project to record these towns and the people who live and work there. The result is here. A celebration of life along the A8 corridor" (John McAslan). "A8" is a mellowing (in the positive sense) of Martin Parr's saturated colors and matching astringent sensibility. It shows that the latter does have a more lyrical, even sentimental side. The formal use of color, a Parr trademark, is deployed using a less intense, more muted, and more subdued palette that people familiar with Parr's work in the same vein, particularly "West Bay", will find unexpectedly moving. An absolute "must-have" title for Martin Parr collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the Back Cover by Martin Parr. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is now collectible. This is one of very few such signed copies of the First Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. 28 color plates. The most influential and most important British photographer of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER MARTIN PARR TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0014742853. $100.00

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