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Bernhard, Ruth (Photographer) & Kenna, Michael (Contributor). RUTH BERNHARD: GIFT OF THE COMMONPLACE. Carmel, CA: Woodrose Publishing/Center For Photographic Art, 1996. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. Unpaginated. Fine/No Dust Jacket, As Issued.
Retrospective collection of photographs. One of the finest photography books of the 20th century. The First Hardcover Edition. Should not be confused with the softcover edition, which was published simultaneously with it. An austerely elegant production by Ruth Bernhard and Bert J. Ihlenfeld: Oversize-volume format in square shape. Handsome black cloth boards with photographic reproduction pasted on the cover and gilt titles embossed on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Ruth Bernhard. Tribute/Essay by the great photographer Michael Kenna, Bernhard's long-time assistant and most famous disciple. Printed on thick coated stock paper in the United States to the very highest standards. The reproduction quality of the images must be seen to be believed in their clarity, warmth, and tonal range. Without DJ, as issued. Published on the occasion of the photographer's 90th birthday. Presents Ruth Bernhard's "still life" photographs, another aspect of her oeuvre that is less well-known than her celebrated nudes ("The Eternal Body"). Seashells, fruits, flowers, antique dolls, feathers, starfish, beetles, beads, old photographs, her imagery suggests a world apart with its luminous quality. Props become icons and the finished images invite the viewer to imagine a greater significance than their simple contents would suggest, a rare kingdom, seen with intensity, wisdom, and sensuousness. is the "still life" oeuvre of the "greatest photographer of the nude" (Ansel Adams), indelible images of life as a commonplace, daily miracle. Ruth Bernhard died in 2006 at the age of 101. A touchstone of late-modern American photography, this is a "must-have" title for Ruth Bernhard collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in black marker on the title page by Ruth Bernhard. This title has been out-of-print for more than ten years. This is one of very few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, an unread collector's copy. A rare signed copy thus. 35 plates. One of the greatest photographers of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. ISBN 0963039342. ID-13263.
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