Miller, Wayne F. (Photographer); Daiter, Stephen (Editor) & Various Contributors. WAYNE F. MILLER: PHOTOGRAPHS 1942-1958. New York City, NY: Powerhouse Books, 2008. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 255 pages. Fine/Fine.

Retrospective Exhibition Monograph. The single most valuable book on the photographic art and achievement of Wayne F. Miller. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. A brilliant production by Kiki Bauer: Oversize-volume format. Black cloth boards with titles embossed on spine, as issued. Photographs by Wayne F. Miller. Edited by Stephen Daiter, to whom the book is dedicated. Essays by various contributors. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper to the highest standards. The reproduction quality is exemplary in every respect. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents "Wayne F. Miller: Photographs 1942-1958". The stunning visual life-project of Wayne Forest Miller. "Operating as a combat photographer under his own orders, and answerable only to Captain Edward Steichen, United States Navy, Lieutenant Miller photographed everything of interest that he encountered, from boredom to horror. Those images document an integral part of the American wartime experience and are secured in the National Archives in Washington DC. What set Miller's work apart from many other war photographers was a peculiar empathy, whether creating images of our own soldiers or Japanese survivors of the atomic bomb. He strove to 'climb inside those people, and look through their eyes'. That ethos is present in all of Miller's subsequent work, from his unique and comprehensive study (supported by two Guggenheim Grants) of the citizens of the Bronzeville neighborhood of postwar Chicago to his equally ground-breaking documentation a decade later of the daily life of an American family. Takes us to the midpoint of the career of one of the country's most important visual artists and ends with his tremendously successful series that came to be published as 'The World Is Young' " (Publisher's blurb). Miller was Edward Steichen's Assistant on "The Family of Man" Exhibition, the single most influential photographic exhibition of the 20th century, which featured some of his own images. Steichen would have used even more of Miller's work were it not for his direct involvement in the landmark project. An absolute "must-have" title for Wayne F. Miller collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in black pen-marker on the title page by Wayne F. Miller. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a photography book classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed 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. Lavishly illustrated with black-and-white plates. One of the finest American photographers of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER WAYNE F. MILLER TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1576874621. $200.00

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