Parke, Trent. TRENT PARKE: MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT. Gottingen, Germany: Gerhard Steidl Druckerei Und Verlag, 2013. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 96 pages. Fine.

Retrospective collection of photographs, presented as an Artist Book. One of the most beautiful art photography books of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, of which there are several. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only that sold out upon publication. The First Edition is now rare. An austerely elegant production by Trent Parke: Oversize-volume format. Pictorial linen cloth boards with black titles embossed on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs and text by Trent Parke. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper by Steidl in Gottingen, Germany to the highest standards. The reproduction quality is exemplary in every respect. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Trent Parke's "Minutes To Midnight". His very own road trip, physical and metaphysical at the same time. "In 2003, Trent Parke began a road trip around his native Australia, a monumental journey that was to last two years and cover a distance of over 90000 kilometers. Presents a proud but uneasy nation struggling to craft its identity from different cultures and traditions. Merges traditional documentary techniques and imagination to create a dark visual narrative portraying Australia with a mix of nostalgia, romanticism, and brooding realism. It is a story of human anxiety and intensity which, although told from Australia, represents a universal human condition" (Publisher's blurb). Together with Bill Henson (another ambitious artist/photographer), he has put Australia on the map as a vital center of art photography, that is to say, of the most serious and ambitious contemporary art itself, which has become more, not less, photographically-based. An absolute "must-have" title for Trent Parke 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 and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Copies available online have serious flaws yet command as much as $500 because the 2013 true First Edition is now scarce. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with black-and-white plates. One of the most brilliant artist/photographers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER TRENT PARKE AND BILL HENSON TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 3869302054. $100.00

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