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Crane, Barbara (Photographer); Weinstein, Michael & Rohrbach, John B. (Contributors). URBAN ANOMALIES: CHICAGO. Santa Fe, NM: The Center For American Places, 2002. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. Unpaginated. Fine.

Retrospective collection of color photographs. One of Barbara Crane's finest achievements. Limited Edition of 1500 copies. Published as a softcover original only. The Limited Edition is now scarce. A brilliant production by Barbara Crane: Oversize-volume format. Pictorial softcovers with titles on the cover, as issued. Photographs by Barbara Crane. Foreword by Michael A. Weinstein. Essay by John B. Rohrbach. 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 exhibition of the same name held at the Museum of Contemporary Photography Columbia College Chicago from March 21 through June 15, 2002. Presents Barbara Crane's "Urban Anomalies: Chicago". Her beloved home-city, as seen from a different Conceptual perspective. The Institute of Design-trained Crane published late in her long career not one but two brilliant books on Chicago (the other being "Chicago Loop", 2001) that are both influenced by the Bauhaus' emphasis on formal experimentation, on the intersection between and melding of structures (rather than their integral separateness) : "These composed images stress the tension between the lines of architecture and her frame. Roofs and fragments of facades float in a context-less space, conveying the fluid and disorienting character of urban landscapes" (The Chicago Reader). That is surely because Crane has stated that her lifelong goal as a photographer has been to "attempt to eradicate previous habits of seeing and thinking, to keep searching for what is visually new while always hoping that a fusion of form and content will take place", and that "once I developed my first roll of film in 1948, nothing else mattered" (Barbara Crane). An absolute "must-have" title for Barbara Crane collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed and dated (in the month and year of publication) in red pen-marker by the photographer: "Barbara Crane March 2002". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Her signature beautifully matches the color red that appears in many of the photographs, the cloth boards, and the letter "O" in "Anomalies" on the title page. This title is a contemporary art photography classic. This is one of few such signed and publication-month dated copies of the Limited Edition still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Copies available online, NOT signed, have serious flaws yet command as much as $150. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. 18 color plates. One of the finest American photographers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER BARBARA CRANE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1930066058. $50.00

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