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Webb, Alex; Webb, Rebecca Norris (Photographers) & Iyer, Pico (Contributor). VIOLET ISLE: A DUET OF PHOTOGRAPHS FROM CUBA. Santa Fe, New Mexico: Radius Books, 2009. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 144 pages. Fine.

Retrospective collection of color photographs. One of the most beautiful art photography books of our time. Limited Slipcased Edition of 2000 copies. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the Second Edition. Published as a softcover original only. The Limited Edition is now rare. A brilliant production by Alex Webb and David Chickey: Oversize-volume format. Pictorial softcovers with titles on the spine, as issued. Photographs by Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb. Essay by Pico Iyer. Cardboard slipcase. Printed on pristine-white, thick glossy stock paper in Singapore to the highest standards. The reproduction quality is exemplary in every respect. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Alex Webb's and Rebecca Norris Webb's "Violet Isle: A Duet of Photographs From Cuba". Shimmering, evocative photographs of the fabled island. Violet Isle is the little-known nickname for Cuba, "inspired by its richly colored soil, one of the many qualities that make the country so seductive to photographers. Offers an engaging, at times unsettling, document of a country that for the past 50 years, has remained in an economic, political, cultural, and ecological bubble, isolated from the rest of the world (though it is unlikely to stay that way any longer). A collaboration between Magnum photographer Alex Webb, who captures Cuba's street life with his trademark attention to detail and color, and Rebecca Norris Webb, who focusses on the unique, quixotic collection of animals she found there. An insightful blend of two different photographic aesthetics" (Publisher's blurb). As a serious photographer who works in color, Alex Webb has few peers. His unerring eye for color, compositional brilliance, and admirable composure in the face of his often harrowing subject, the entropic chaos called modern life, are regarded by many commentators and admirers as being on the same level of achievement as Miguel Rio Branco, one of the greatest Latin-American photographers of our time. An absolute "must-have" title for Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb collectors. This copy of the Limited Slipcased Edition is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a contemporary art photography classic. This is one of few such double-signed copies of the Limited Edition still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: There is a Deluxe Edition that sells for $1250. The only other signed copy of the Limited Edition available online in comparable condition sells for $500. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. 70 color plates. Winner of the Overseas Press Club Award in 1980. Recipient of the Leica Medal of Excellence in 2000 and the Premio Internacional de Fotografia Alcobendas in 2009. Two of the greatest photographers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO SANDRO MILLER "CUBA" AND "IMAGINE CUBA" AND OTHER ALEX WEBB AND MIGUEL RIO BRANCO TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 193443518X. $200.00

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