Tillmans, Wolfgang. CONCORDE. Cologne, Germany: Walther Konig Verlag, 1997. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 127 pages. Fine.

Collection of color photographs on subject. One of the most brilliant art photography books of the 20th century. The true First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, of which there are multiple, not just many. Published in a small and limited first print run as a softcover original only that sold out shortly after publication. The First Edition is now rare. A brilliant production by Wolfgang Tillmans: Regular-sized volume format. Glossy pictorial softcovers with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Wolfgang Tillmans. Except for writing his own blurb that is reproduced on the integral flaps, there is no text. Printed on thick, glossy stock paper in Cologne, Germany to the highest standards. The reproduction quality is exemplary in every respect. Without DJ, as issued. Published on the occasion of the exhibition called "I Didn't Inhale" held at Chisenhale Gallery London in 1997. Presents Wolfgang Tillmans' "Concorde". A cult title: First published in this 1997 First Edition, his homage-of-sorts to the twice-the-speed of sound, uber-technological marvel often worshipfully called The Concorde. Conceptually and in terms of production values, this remains the extremely prolific Tillmans' best book. He shows page after page of the kite-shaped Concorde taking off, in flight, soaring high above the skies, preparing to land, landing. "Concorde" was immediately (and rightly) recognized as an "Exhibit A" prototype of what a contemporary photobook can do, does best, which sets it apart from the photographic still-image: No single image stands out over the others, intentionally so. What matters is the way the photographs are selected, sequenced, and produced (notably, with the very minimal text consigned to the flaps) as one synthesized and seamless whole - rather than a mere collection of images thrown together between the covers of a book. An absolute "must-have" title for Wolfgang Tillmans collectors. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of few copies of the 1997 First Edition/First Printing (Year of Publication stated with NO further printing indications on the Back Copyright Page) still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Precedes and should NOT be confused with all other subsequent editions, of which there are multiple, not just many. Copies available online have all kinds of serious flaws: You name it, the particular copy has it yet is priced as though it has collectible value. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare copy thus. 63 color plates. Winner of the Turner Prize in 2000, the most prestigious contemporary art award. Wolfgang Tillmans' "Concorde" was selected as one of the greatest photography books in "The Photobook". One of the most brilliant artist/photographers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER WOLFGANG TILLMANS TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 3960981678. $300.00

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