Williams, Bernice. HALLOWED SPACES REVISITED: MEDITATIONS ON ARCHITECTURE. Chicago, IL: Blurb, Inc. , 2011. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 105 pages. Fine.

Retrospective collection of black-and-white photographs. One of Bernice Williams' finest achievements. The first and only edition. Published in a small and limited print run as a softcover original only. There is no ISBN. The First Edition is now rare. Presents Bernice Williams' "Hallowed Spaces Revisited: Meditations On Architecture". Her lifelong admiration for and commitment to architecture as a painter-sculptor who turned full-time to photography. By Williams' own estimation, this volume represents the most complete sequence of architectural images taken by her thus far. Individually and collectively, they represent a singular approach to architecture: Williams is obsessed with detail, not building design or monumentality. Her work consists primarily of extreme closeup shots, regarding modern architecture as if it were of the same aesthetic value and resource as the ancient Egyptian ruins whose detail-work she once photographed. "Originally I studied painting and sculpture. I took my first photography course primarily out of curiosity. But it soon became my preferred creative medium. From 1998 to 2001, I worked as an artist in Egypt on a project documenting inscriptions on temple walls. During that time, I continued with my photography, primarily concentrating on architectural space: Details of ancient Egyptian monuments and Islamic structures in Cairo. I photograph what captures my eye and imagination. Since I began looking through a lens, I realized that I was searching for beauty with my camera. I will always be totally fascinated by the ability to capture a fleeting magical moment of beauty through the mechanism of light passing through a lens, and then being able to hand over that same moment to someone else" (Bernice Williams). An absolute "must-have" title for Bernice Williams collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed, dated, and inscribed in black pen on the title page by the photographer: "2015 To Martha, With many thanks for all your kindness, Bernice [Williams]". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. The recipient, Martha Schneider, is one of the most important figures in contemporary art and photography. This title is now collectible. As far as we know, this is the only such signed, dated, and inscribed copy of the First 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 duotone plates. One of the most brilliant American photographers of our time. A fine copy. . $40.00

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