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Kezys, Algimantas (Photographer) . CITYSCAPES II: UNTITLED IMPRESSIONS. Stickney, IL: Galerija, 1996. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 166 pages. Fine/Fine.

The photographer's second retrospective collection on subject. The companion volume to his first collection, "Cityscapes". The first and only edition. Published in a small and limited print run by an art gallery as a hardcover original. A stunning production by Vincas Lukas: Oversize-volume format. Elegant black silk cloth boards with metallic-silver titles embossed on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Algimantas Kezys. The images are divided into seven wordless thematic chapters. Except for his brief Preface, there is no text. Printed on thick stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents photographs taken throughout the world (none of them named), "fragmented abodes", which is Algimantas Kezys' poetic description of place. Man creates space to achieve inner peace: "Contemplation is what we are talking about here, pure vision, delightful seeing. We do not have to ask questions, reason, puzzle or discourse. It is enough to behold, to be quiet, to admire. And from this seeing, our own vision is enriched, our own spirit is enlarged" (George A. Lane). Born in Lithuania, Algimantas Kezys came to the United States as a young man and then travelled all over the world again as a photographer. His work is in the Permanent Collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Carnegie Institute of Pittsburgh, among other major museums. By the time of this book's publication, Algimantas Kezys had left the priesthood and now devotes himself full-time to photography, enjoying national and international success as the founder of Galerija, which promotes the art of Lithuania and Eastern Europe throughout the world. Life has come full circle for the priestly traveller. Only someone of his background and training could take these photographs everywhere and yet feel that, wherever he is, he is never Abroad but always Home. A "must-have" title for Algimantas Kezys collectors. This copy is prominently and beautifully signed in blue pen on the half-title page by Algimantas Kezys. This title has been out-of-print for a long time and is now collectible. This is the only signed copy available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A very scarce signed copy thus. 100 plates. One of the most accomplished American photographers of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ALGIMANTAS KEZYS TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1886060045. $70.00

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