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Del Valle, Eduardo & Gomez, Mirta. FROM THE GROUND UP. Tucson, AZ: Nazraeli Press, 2003. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 112 pages. As New/As New.

Landmark debut collection of the photographers' work. One of the most important photography books of the year 2003. An elegant production by Chris Pichler: Oversize-volume format in rectangular shape. Blue cloth boards with tipped-in color photographic reproduction on the cover and titles on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Eduardo del Valle and Mirta Gomez. Introduction by Sandra S. Phillips. Afterword Essay, "Home", by Richard Rodriguez. In transparent glassine DJ, as issued. Presents the work of an American photographer-couple of Cuban descent who will give the insufferably boring Bechers a run for their money. "The Cuban-born husband-and-wife team of Eduardo del Valle and Mirta Gomez has worked collaboratively for thirty years, receiving international acclaim for their photographs of subjects in a state of flux. 'From The Ground Up' is a three-part photographic essay focusing on the metamorphosis of the vernacular architecture in the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. This fascinating study, comprising photographs taken from the mid-1980's to the present, is surely the most extensive and comprehensive record of the design and evolution of this region's built structures. Del Valle and Gomez are recipients of Guggenheim, Cintas, and NEA fellowships in photography. Their work has been widely exhibited in the United States and abroad, and is in the Permanent Collections of The Museum of Modern Art New York, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and The Brooklyn Museum" (Chris Pichler). The great photographer Lewis Baltz, who is best-known for his desolate urban landscape work, once referred to the work of photographers like Hamish Fulton, Paul Hill, Capability Brown, Humphrey Repton, and Richard Long as "land artists", photographers who have a genuine connection with the land in a way that their predecessors (like Ansel Adams) did not. These are very different artist/photographers but what unites them all is a love of the land and its structures, whose primary characteristics are flux, change, metamorphosis, and ultimately, evolution. Ansel Adams sought to capture majesty through breathtaking photographs of scenic landscapes and stunning landmarks. What is uniquely and profoundly moving about the "land artists" is a search not for static and immutable Essences but for Reality in all its concreteness, ruin, and beauty. They do not take pretty pictures; they take beautifully honest pictures. Eduardo del Valle and Mirta Gomez are worthy "land artists" in this great late-modern tradition. "Beautifully made color photography and an achievement of enormous richness. Eduardo del Valle and Mirta Gomez have followed one thread with great tenacity. I don't know of any other body of work quite like it" (John Szarkowski). A "must-have" title for Eduardo del Valle and Mirta Gomez collectors. This copy is prominently and beautifully signed in blue pen on the title page by Eduardo Del Valle and Mirta Gomez. This title will become highly collectible. This is the only signed copy available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A very scarce signed copy thus. 82 color plates. Two of the finest living American photographers of the 20th century. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER EDUARDO DEL VALLE AND MIRTA GOMEZ TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1590050541. $70.00

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