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Travis, David; Siegel, Elizabeth; Newman, Marvin E.; Knudtson, Thomas & Other Photographers. TAKEN BY DESIGN: PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE INSTITUTE OF DESIGN, 1937-1991. Chicago, IL: Art Institute Of Chicago, 2002. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 270 pages. Fine.

Landmark Exhibition Monograph. One of the most important photography books of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover/stiff-backed original only. A brilliant production by the Art Institute of Chicago: Oversize-volume format. Stiff pictorial boards with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by various contributors, a Who's Who of American photographic history. Edited by David Travis and Elizabeth Siegel. Essays by Keith F. Davis, Lloyd C. Engelbrecht, John Grimes, Hattula Moholy-Nagy, Elizabeth Siegel, and Larry Viskochil. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in Italy to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Published on the occasion of the landmark retrospective exhibition of the same name held at the Art Institute of Chicago in 2002. Presents "Taken By Design: Photographs From The Institute of Design, 1937-1991". The best book on the photographic art, aesthetics, and achievement of the Institute of Design, popularly known as ID, and now universally recognized as the greatest school of photography ever established in the United States. "Examines the changing nature of photography over the critical period of the American century. Traces the formal and abstract camera experiments under Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind, which aimed at achieving a new kind of photographic subjectivity. Showcases works by Barbara Crane, Yasuhiro Ishimoto, Joseph Jachna, Kenneth Josephson, Gyorgy Kepes, Thomas Knudtson, Nathan Lerner, Ray K. Metzker, Marvin E. Newman, Richard Nickel, Arthur Siegel, Art Sinsabaugh, among many others. An essential work for anyone interested in the history of American photography" (Publisher's blurb). An absolute "must-have" title for Institute of Design and photography book collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by the curator/editor David Travis, photographer Marvin E. Newman, and co-curator/editor Elizabeth Siegel. They all signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. It is also very prominently, beautifully, and uniquely signed in black ink-pen underneath his photographic plates (on Pages 76 and 183) by Thomas Knudtson. This is the first and only copy he double-signed as such. The photographers are two of the surviving and most distinguished graduates of ID as of 2019, when their rare signatures were obtained. It is not an exaggeration to say that their signatures represent a permanent trace of the Institute of Design, their deceased colleagues, and a whole era of American photographic history. Laid-in are several pristine copies of the Souvenir Materials of the event during which their signatures were obtained. This title is a contemporary photography classic. As far as we know, this is the only such multi-signed copy (with Souvenir Materials) of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. 300 plates. Some of the greatest photographers of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER COPY OF THIS TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0226811670. $200.00

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