Adams, Robert (Photographer) & Guthrie, Woody (Contribution). 27 ROADS: PHOTOGRAPHS BY ROBERT ADAMS. San Francisco, CA: Fraenkel Gallery, 2018. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 64 pages. Fine/Fine.

Exhibition Catalog. Retrospective collection of photographs. One of the most beautiful and important photography books of our time. 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. An austerely elegant production by Robert Adams and Katy Homans: Oversize-volume format. Pale gray cloth boards with titles embossed on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs and text by Robert Adams. Poetic fragment by Woody Guthrie. Printed in tritone from separations by Thomas Palmer in the United States to the highest standards. The reproduction quality is outstanding in every respect. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Published on the occasion of the exhibition of the same name held at Fraenkel Gallery San Francisco in 2018. Presents Robert Adams' "27 Roads". One of the central motifs in his work spanning five decades. "The first publication to focus on this important aspect of his work. A concise, poetic selection of images. Whether fast concrete highways, quiet cuts through dark forests, paved commercial strips, or dusty tracks on a clear-cut mountainside, Adams' roads function as metaphors for solitude, connection, or freedom" (Publisher's blurb). "Adams' vision is so steady that it is virtually impossible to tell which photographs are recent and which are older" (Teju Cole). "Roads can still be beautiful. Occasionally, they appear like a perfect knife slicing through a perfect apple, the better to show that the two halves are one" (Robert Adams). An absolute "must-have" title for Robert Adams collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the publisher's tipped-in glassine sheet by Robert Adams. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of few such signed 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: Robert Adams did NOT sign most copies of the book. A scarce signed copy thus. 36 tritone plates. Robert Adams' "What We Bought: The New West" was selected as one of the greatest photography books in "The Photobook". One of the greatest photographers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ROBERT ADAMS TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1881337472. $150.00

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