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Kenna, Michael (Photographer) & Reed, Jeremy (Contributor). RATCLIFFE POWER STATION: PHOTOGRAPHS BY MICHAEL KENNA. Tucson, AZ: Nazraeli Press, 2004. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 64 pages. Fine/Fine.

Retrospective collection of photographs. One of Michael Kenna's finest achievements. Limited Edition of 3000 copies. The first and only edition. An austerely elegant production by Chris Pichler and Hideyuki Taguchi: Oversize-volume format. Black cloth boards with metallic-silver titles embossed on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Michael Kenna. Essay, "Michael Kenna and Ratcliffe-on-Soar", by Jeremy Reed, one of the most brilliant British poets of our time. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with black and silver titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Michael Kenna's "Ratcliffe Power Station". Some of his most evocative images, on a subject that is not typically identified with him. "Ratcliffe-on-Soar Power Station is located in Nottinghamshire, England. Michael Kenna first began photographing the power station in the early 1980's and over the past several years he has visited the site many times, producing a body of work as ominous as it is beautiful. The Ratcliffe photographs take on the tonal quality of a partially lit ecosphere unique to the photographer and his subject. A brilliant manipulator of half-light, Kenna's grainy, spatial topography epitomizes the gray skies of Northern England that were the ubiquitous backdrop to his childhood. Kenna's Ratcliffe photographs create the impression of an atmospherically foggy day, registering the homeostasis of a mood that is a dominant characteristic of his work" (Publisher's blurb). "Michael Kenna has, through his art, opened visual pathways that help redeem eco-damaged or industrially proscriptive landscapes. He is a poet armed with a camera who lyricizes light. He has added the power station at Ratcliffe-on-Soar to the continuously expanding geography of imagination? (Jeremy Reed). An absolute "must-have" title for Michael Kenna collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Michael Kenna. 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 Limited Edition still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Please note: Michael Kenna did NOT sign most copies of the Limited Edition. Copies available online have serious flaws yet are priced as though they had collectible value. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A scarce signed copy thus. 49 duotone plates. One of the most influential photographers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER MICHAEL KENNA TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1590050975. $70.00

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