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Crane, Barbara (Photographer); Weinstein, Michael & Rohrbach, John (Contributors). BARBARA CRANE: URBAN ANOMALIES: CHICAGO. Santa Fe, NM: The Center For American Places, 2002. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. Unpaginated. As New. Signed.

Retrospective collection of color photographs. The Hardcover Deluxe Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with the Limited Edition of 1500 copies, which was a softcover original only. Published in a small and limited print run (of about 25 copies) as a hardcover original only for the exclusive use of the photographer and the publisher. None of the copies was sold commercially. The Deluxe Edition is now rare. An austerely elegant production by Barbara Crane: Oversize-volume format. Red cloth boards with white titles embossed on the cover and spine, as issued. The letter "O" in "Anomalies" is rendered in black on the cover, in red on the title page. Photographs by Barbara Crane. Foreword by Michael A. Weinstein. Essay by John B. Rohrbach. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. The reproduction quality is exemplary in every respect. Without DJ, as issued. Published on the occasion of the exhibition of the same name held at the Museum of Contemporary Photography Columbia College Chicago from March 21 through June 15, 2002. Presents Barbara Crane's "Urban Anomalies: Chicago". Her beloved home-city, as seen from a different Conceptual perspective. The Institute of Design-trained Crane (who turns 90 in 2018) has published late in her long career not one but two brilliant books on Chicago (the other being "Chicago Loop", 2001) that are both influenced by the Bauhaus' emphasis on formal experimentation, on the intersection between and melding of structures (rather than their integral separateness) : "These composed images stress the tension between the lines of architecture and her frame. Roofs and fragments of facades float in a context-less space, conveying the fluid and disorienting character of urban landscapes" (The Chicago Reader). That is surely because Crane has stated that her lifelong goal as a photographer has been to "attempt to eradicate previous habits of seeing and thinking, to keep searching for what is visually new while always hoping that a fusion of form and content will take place", and that "once I developed my first roll of film in 1948, nothing else mattered" (Barbara Crane). An absolute "must-have" title for Barbara Crane collectors. This copy is one of the Deluxe Edition. It is very prominently and beautifully signed and dated (in the year of publication) in red pen-marker on the title page by the photographer: "Barbara Crane 2002". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Her signature beautifully matches the color red that appears in many of the photographs, the cloth boards, and the letter "O" in "Anomalies" on the title page. This title is an art photography classic. As far as we know, this is the only copy of the Deluxe Edition available and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: The Deluxe Edition was not sold commercially. A rare signed copy thus. 18 color plates. One of the finest American photographers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER BARBARA CRANE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1930066058. $300.00

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