[Bologna, Italy]: Damiani and Matsumoto Editions, 2014. Sugimoto, Hiroshi. First and Limited Edition. Hardcover. No. 131 of 360 copies, signed by Hiroshi Sugimoto, folio size, 140 pp., in aluminum slipcase and original cardboard box. Fine / near fine. Item #18092003
A unique collaboration between photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto and author Jonathan Safran Foer, containing sixty-five photographic artworks by Sugimoto tipped into a debossed image area on each page, with Foer's story printed beneath each photograph, such that the reader must lift the photograph in order to experience the story. Sugimoto's photographs are from five of his series: "Meteorites", "Dioramas", "Pre-Photographic Time Recording Devices", "Lightening Fields", and "Seascapes", with the sequence of the photographs forming "a natural history of the planet, perhaps even one untouched by humans" (n.b., from web site of the publisher).
Hiroshi Sugimoto (b. 1948), born in Japan, is a world-renowned photographer who works are in the collections of the Tate Gallery, the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), and the Metropolitan Museum of New York, among others. He is the recipient of numerous honours and awards, including the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography in 2001, the Photo España prize in 2006, and in 2009 was the recipient of the Paemium Imperiale, Painting Award from the Japan Arts Association. (n. b., biographical information from the web site of the Fraenkel Gallery).
Jonathan Safran Foer (b. 1977) is a well-known American novelist who also teaches creative writing at New York University. Probably best known to date for his second novel, "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close", which was made into a film in 2012, starring Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock and Max von Sydow.
___DESCRIPTION: Casebound with the boards covered with grey silk bookbinding cloth, debossed lettering on the front board and spine, Smythesewn, grey matte-finish endpapers, each page with image and text on the recto only, the 65 photographic image tipped into the debossed image area with the story printed beneath using a lithograph press, the title of the photographic image debossed below; Garamond type, the plate images were scanned and separated using tritone separation and printed using tritone lithograph printing and hand-tipped, folio size (14.25" by 11"), 140 pp.; limited edition of 360 copies, this no. 131, signed by Hiroshi Sugimoto on the colophon page tipped onto the rear pastedown, released in June of 2015. With the original plain white paper dust wrapper and enclosed on a slipcase of brushed aluminum, plain, with two rivets at top and bottom; the whole enclosed in the original cardboard box with black lettering.
___CONDITION: Volume fine, with clean boards, straight corners without rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; if the prior owner read this at all, it was with extreme care as it is clean, crisp, as new. The white paper dust wrapper is near fine, clean, with only some minor edgewear and some creases. The brushed aluminum slipcase fine, clean and without scratches; the cardboard box near fine, clean, strong and sturdy with perhaps a touch of wear at the opening.
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