Description:Signed by Author. Softcover. First Edition. First Printing. 52...Signed by Author. Softcover. First Edition. First Printing. 52 pages. As New in As New dust jacket. Artist Book. Now considered a contemporary photography classic. Limited Folio Edition of 100 numbered and signed copies. Should not be confused with the Limited Edition of 1000 copies. The Limtied Edition is now scarce. An austerely elegant production by Stephen Gill and Melanie Mues: Regular-sized volume format. Pristine-white softcovers with black titles embossed on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Stephen Gill. There is no text. Matching pale gray cloth folio with green ribbon. Original 6.5 X 8.5 inch silver-gelatin print encased in its own sleeve and laid-in. Printed on uncoated, recycled stock paper in the United Kingdom to the highest standards. In publisher's original wrappers. In pale green translucent DJ, as issued. Presents one of three conceptually inventive photography books published simultaneously by Stephen Gill (the other two are "Hackney Flowers" and "Archaeology In Reverse"). "Anonymous Origami" is one of Gill's most austere and challenging works thus far, based upon an arresting twist to the eponymous Japanese paper art: "The photographs in this book are of folded paper from hotels, B & B's over the past few years. The paper were placed between pages of a book and taken back to my studio to be photographed. They were sourced from different parts of the world including the UK, France, Romania, Russia, The Netherlands, Germany, US, and Japan. Initially, I was going to state the places where these were sourced as image titles but I got them all mixed up. I can still recognize one or two of them for the particular style and effort made, but now they stand one step even further away from their anonymous creators" (Stephen Gill). Firmly grounded in the great British documentary tradition, Stephen Gill's photographs are honest, telling, and brilliant. His conceptual rigor and intelligence, unsentimental empathy for his subjects, and delicate use of color are astonishingly assured (that is, devoid of artistic vanity and self-indulgence) for a photographer who just started taking photographs (in his early 20's) and already has several published collections and one masterpiece (in his early 30's). Apart from being his very first black-and-white collection, "Anonymous Origami" is his most conceptual work to date. Unlike other conceptual work, it is self-referring in a residual rather than abstruse manner: We are somehow reminded of each paper fold's anonymous creator, of the individual who unself-consciously created an ordinary yet memorable object. The most austerely beautiful realization of the "object-in-relation-to-place" motif that runs throughout Stephen Gill's oeuvre, this is a "must-have" title for Stephen Gill collectors. This copy is one of the Limited Folio Edition, indicated as such on the Front Limitation Page, and is very prominently and beautifully numbered and signed in pencil by Stephen Gill. It comes with an original 6.5 X 8.5 inch print that is very prominently and beautifully signed and dated (in the year of publication) in pencil on verso by the photographer: "Stephen Gill 2007". This edition is now highly collectible. This is one of few copies of the Limited Folio Edition still available online, is still in the publisher's original wrappers, and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. 25 plates, 1 original print. Stephen Gill's "Hackney Wick" was selected as one of the greatest photography books in "The Photobook". One of the most brilliant living photographers. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER STEPHEN GILL TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 095494058X.
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