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Wood, John. THE PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS. Iowa City, IA: University Of Iowa Press, 1997. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 191 pages. As New/As New.

Landmark monograph on subject. One of the most important photography books ever published. The true First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. A handsome production by Richard Hendel: Oversize-volume format. Rich brown silk cloth boards with metallic-silver titles embossed on spine, as issued. Photographs by some of the greatest photographers of all time. Text by John Wood, one of the finest living photography expert/scholars. Notes to the Plates and extensive Bibliography appended at the end. Printed on matte uncoated stock paper to the very highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. "This volume of essays deals with aspects of photography that have been neglected by John Wood's fellow historians. Although he has authored four previous books on the daguerreotype, he addresses oversights of his own, and discusses the subject from a different vantage than that employed by his colleagues. In his essay on European Pictorialism, he appraises the work of several undeservedly obscure masters of the craft, and disputes the nature of Alfred Stieglitz's legacy. Included in this seminal work are essays on the American daguerreotype, contemporary daguerreotypy, the American autochrome, the art of the cyanotype, and American symbolism in photography. Wood's fresh use of the diaries and journals of gold field miners and his penetrating vision of the near-extermination of indigenous peoples, "the American holocaust", enable him to contrast between the reality and the mythology manifested in the faces of the photographed participants. His equally ingenious view of the primary myth to which most of this work refers, the Grail Quest, leads him to some striking conclusions in the context of visions of spirituality and desire" (Publisher's blurb). An indispensable, "must-have" title for lovers of photography. This is a University Press title and has had a very limited print run and distribution. This is one of very few copies still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A very scarce copy thus. 103 plates. Some of the greatest photographs the world will ever see. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JOHN WOOD TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0877455732. $70.00

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