Cole, Carolyn; Gilbertson, Ashley; Gluck, Edouard H. R.; Kennerly, David Hume; Tucker, Anne Wilkes. WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: IMAGES OF ARMED CONFLICT AND ITS AFTERMATH. Houston, TX: Museum Of Fine Arts Houston, 2012. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 606 pages. Fine/Fine.

Monumental Exhibition Monograph. One of the most valuable photography books of our time. The first and only edition. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. A brilliant production by the Museum of Fine Arts Houston: Oversize-volume format. The book weighs 17 pounds. Black cloth boards with titles embossed on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by various contributors, THE Who's Who of the history of war photography. Curated with texts by Anne Wilkes Tucker and other prominent scholar-contributors. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper by SYL in Spain to the highest standards. The reproduction quality is exemplary in every respect. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Published on the occasion of the landmark retrospective exhibition held at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston in 2012, which travelled on to other major venues. Presents "War/Photography: Images of Armed Conflict And Its Aftermath". Indisputably, the one indispensable volume on its subject for our time: War photography, the medium's oldest, and in many ways, most important, genre. "Surveys both iconic and newly-discovered photographs of war and conflict, from daguerreotypes documenting the Crimean and American Civil Wars to digital images made by soldiers in 21st-century Iraq" (Publisher's blurb). The slash of the title is itself significant: There is war and there is the photography of war. They are two different phenomena even if we now experience them as one and the same thing. War imagery is familiar to every modern viewer, which tells us everything about the photographically-based notion we have of reality in general, the reality of war in particular. Such imagery is susceptible to familiarity precisely because the only experience most of us (especially in the West) will have of war is mediated - by photography and its lurid extensions, television and the Internet. "Exhaustive, harrowing, brilliant, and essential" (Vince Aletti). An absolute "must-have" title for photography book collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the half-title page by five photographers: Carolyn Cole, Ashley Gilbertson, Edouard H. R. Gluck, David Hume Kennerly, and Will Michels. They signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. It is also very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen by the Editor/Curator Anne Wilkes Tucker. This title is a great photography book. As far as we know, this is the only such multi-signed copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Please note: There is a Limited Slipcased Edition signed by thirty-two photographers that now sells for $3000. However, Ashley Gilbertson, the brilliant Iraq War photographer, and David Hume Kennerly, the iconic Vietnam War photographer, were NOT among the signatories. This is the only copy they signed. A rare signed copy thus. 525 black-and-white and color plates. Some of the greatest photographers of all time. A fine collectible copy. . ISBN 0300177380. $400.00

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