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Parr, Martin; Gossage, John (Photographers); Daiter, Stephen & Stephenson, Jonathan (Publishers). OBVIOUS & ORDINARY: AMERICA 2006. London, England: Rocket Press/Stephen Daiter Gallery, 2007. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 72 pages. As New.

Retrospective collection of photographs on subject. Limited Edition of 1500 copies. The first and only edition. 750 copies were distributed in the United States, the other 750 in Europe. There is no ISBN. The Limited Edition is now scarce. A brilliant production by Martin Parr and John Gossage: Oversize-volume format. Copper softcovers with titles on the cover and stapled at the spine, as issued. Photographs by Martin Parr (as "Obvious") and John Gossage (as "Ordinary"). There is no text. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in the United Kingdom to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Published by The Rocket Press London in conjunction with The Stephen Daiter Gallery Chicago. Presents Martin Parr's and John Gossage's "Obvious & Ordinary: America 2006". A juxtaposition of images in color by Martin Parr with black-and-white ones by John Gossage, the fruitful collaborative result of yet another pilgrimage, if that is the right word, to the inexhaustible American heartland. Documents the road trip to Memphis (to visit William Eggleston) by Parr (British, works in Color, is "Obvious") and Gossage (American, works in Black-and-White, is "Ordinary"). Parodistic of their own works and their eminent predecessors, it is an elegantly produced book that also happens, inadvertently, to contain some of their best work: The photograph as lucky, happy accident. "Obvious and Ordinary" is in the same vein, sort of, as such classics as Robert Frank's "The Americans" and Stephen Shore's "Uncommon Places". An absolute "must-have" title for Martin Parr and John Gossage collectors. This copy is one of the Limited Edition, and it is very prominently and beautifully signed/stamped on the title page by Martin Parr ("Obvious") and John Gossage ("Ordinary"). It is signed/stamped directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is now collectible. This is one of very few such signed/stamped copies of the Limited Edition still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Most copies were NOT signed/stamped. Yet copies available online command as much as $100 plus. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A scarce signed copy thus. 36 color, 36 black-and-white plates. Two of the most important and most influential photographers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER MARTIN PARR AND JOHN GOSSAGE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). $50.00

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