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Salisbury, John Patrick (Photographer) & Rilke, Rainer Maria (Contribution). DREW AND JIMMY. Santa Fe, NM: Twin Palms Publishing, 1995. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 112 pages. Fine. Signed.

Retrospective collection of photographs. One of the most beautiful art photography books of our time. Limited Edition of 3000 copies. The first and only edition. The Limited Edition is now scarce. A brilliant production by John Patrick Salisbury and Jack Woody: Oversize-volume format. Pictorial cloth boards with red titles embossed on spine, as issued. Photographs and Remembrance by John Patrick Salisbury. Poem, "Encounter", by Rainer Maria Rilke. Printed in gravure on pristine-white, thick uncoated Japanese paper in Kyoto, Japan to the highest standards. The reproduction quality is exemplary in every respect. In publisher's original plastic wrappers. Without DJ, as issued. Presents John Patrick Salisbury's "Drew And Jimmy". His photo-poem to his brother, Burton, who died at the age of nineteen. John Patrick and Burton grew up on Walnut Grove along the Sacramento River Delta. As he describes it, their sibling relationship was one of ferocious rivalry and fraternal love, brotherhood as a unique kind of friendship that, in their case, was tragically cut short by youthful death. To memorialize this friendship and the place in which it took place, Salisbury photographed their younger cousins, Drew and Jimmy, over the years, brothers who are "stand-ins" (there is no other word) for himself and his dead brother. Drew and Jimmy are photographed first as good-looking kids and then without a break, as handsome, full-grown teen-agers, against the same, unchanging Edenic backdrop. The photographs are redolent of American Pastoral, the innocence and purity of rural life that are celebrated by the great (and now-vanished) American tradition in literature and art. Salisbury's subdued and non-sensationalistic photographs have a lyrical beauty rarely found in contemporary photography. A journey into The Past as only the best photographs can sometimes render. An absolute "must-have" title for John Patrick Salisbury collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black ink-pen by John Patrick Salisbury. 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 signed copies of the Limited Edition still available online, is still in the publisher's original plastic wrappers, and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Salisbury did NOT sign most copies of the Limited Edition. Copies available online have serious flaws: Rubbed, scuffed, worn, soiled. A scarce signed copy thus. 70 sheetfed gravure plates. One of the most brilliant American photographers of our time. A fine copy. . ISBN 0944092314. $100.00

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