Jachna, Joseph D. (Photographer) & Klindt, Steven (Contributor). LIGHT TOUCHING SILVER: PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOSEPH D. JACHNA. Chicago, IL: The Chicago Center For Contemporary Photography/Columbia College, 1980. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 30 pages. Fine.

Exhibition Catalog. One of the most beautiful books on the photographic art and achievement of Joseph D. Jachna. The first and only edition. Published in a small and limited first print run as a softcover original only. None of the copies was sold commercially. There is no ISBN. The Exhibition Catalog is now rare. An austerely elegant production by Joseph D. Jachna: Regular-sized volume format. Gray softcovers with metallic-silver titles embossed on the cover, as issued. Photographs by Joseph D. Jachna. Essay by Steven Klindt. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. The reproduction quality is exemplary in every respect. Without DJ, as issued. Published on the occasion of the landmark retrospective exhibition of the same name held at the Chicago Center For Contemporary Photography, Columbia College in 1980. Presents "Light Touching Silver: Photographs by Joseph D. Jachna". A lovely early guide to the singular art of one of the most remarkable artist/photographers of our time. Throughout his long career, Jachna's desire to photograph Nature, particularly bodies of water, became a powerful instrument that connected him (and us) to the elemental richness of life, and just as important, to metaphorical self-reflection, the outer reality reflecting the inner life. As such, his images have reliably provided a much-needed calming, immersive, and meditative experience. This respite is otherwise impossible to find in contemporary photography, whose imagery is hectic, passive-aggressive, even violent. The title itself is a poetic way of describing what happens during the photographic process, an artisanal event that has always had a metaphorical significance for Jachna: His exploration of physics, our natural state, is finally about metaphysics, our psychological, even philosophical, state of being. This is why despite their ostensible natural subject, most of his prints are "Untitled", flouting the widely-accepted practice of identifying every landscape photograph with a specific place, date, and time. An absolute "must-have" title for Joseph D. Jachna collectors. This title is an art photography classic. This is one of few copies of the First Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Please note: None of the copies was sold commercially. Copies available online have serious flaws. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare copy thus. 45 plates. One of the most brilliant American photographers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JOSEPH D. JACHNA TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). $40.00

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