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Modica, Andrea (Photographer) & Proulx, E. Annie (Contributor). TREADWELL: PHOTOGRAPHS BY ANDREA MODICA. San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books, 1996. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 85 pages. Fine/Fine. Signed.

The photographer's breakthrough debut collection. One of Andrea Modica's finest achievements. 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 original only. The First Edition is now scarce. A brilliant production by Tina Davis: Oversize-volume format. White linen cloth boards with black titles embossed on spine, as issued. Photographs by Andrea Modica. Preface by Maria Morris Hambourg. Essay, "Reliquary", by E. Annie Proulx, one of the finest American writers of our time. Duotone separations by Robert Hennessey. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. The reproduction quality is exemplary in every respect. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Andrea Modica's "Treadwell". Some of the most brilliant photographs ever taken on an American photographic subject-obsession: The Other, as typified by children and grown-ups who suffer from one form of mental illness or another. Now regarded as one of the most important photography books of the last decade of the 20th century, "Treadwell" prompted comparison with Diane Arbus' work, which was inevitable as the latter was undeniably an influence. Modica's contribution is that despite this influence, she is able to take pictures that allow us not only to look voyeuristically, but also to be moved by what we see without her resorting to sentimentality. A photographer who has explored nothing less than the mysteries of life in her work, Andrea Modica deserves a larger, mainstream audience in addition to the devoted cult following she enjoys. "I know how hard it is to make pictures as deliberate and sensual, as real and mystical as these. But when Andrea does it, they seem effortless, unforced, radiant" (Sally Mann). A Guggenheim fellow, Modica has been the subject of exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe. Her work is in the Permanent Collection of the Museum of Modern Art New York (MOMA); the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Whitney Museum of American Art; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. An absolute "must-have" title for Andrea Modica collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Andrea Modica. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a contemporary art photography classic. This is one of few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Copies available online have serious flaws, are subsequent printings, or are remainder-marked. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. 40 duotone plates. One of the most brilliant American photographers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ANDREA MODICA TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0811811182. $100.00

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