Description:Signed by Author. Hardcover. First Edition. First Printing. 32...Signed by Author. Hardcover. First Edition. First Printing. 32 pages. As New. Artist Book. Now considered a contemporary photography classic. Limited Edition of 750 numbered and signed copies. The first and only edition. A brilliant production by Melanie Mues: Small-size volume format. Cream hard boards with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. The boards are covered in caked mud, dirt, and soil. Photographs and brief text by Stephen Gill. Original color print encased in its own cream envelope. Matching slipcase. Printed on thick coated stock paper to the very highest standards. In publisher's original shrinkwrap. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Stephen Gill's third collection of color photographs, all of which were buried at Hackney Wick for an indefinite period of time. Gill dug them up again and then re-shot the buried photographs. Upon printing the books, he buried them too, to complete the "burying effect" (resulting in heavily soiled covers and a few page edges, too). In "Hackney Wick", Stephen Gill used a "low-tech" camera partly to expose the shallow glamor of the glossy "hi-tech" camera. He takes that idea to its final step, not just its logical conclusion, with this book. Why? "Not knowing what a photograph would look like once it was dug up introduced an element of chance and surprise which I found appealing. This feeling of letting go and collaborating with place, allowing it also to work on putting the finishing touches to a picture, felt fair. Maybe the spirit of the place can make its mark" (Stephen Gill). His aim is akin to his other books: "Invisible" makes us aware of what we take for granted and therefore miss, the very color of modern life itself. "Unseen UK" shows the United Kingdom through a collaboration with anonymous postal workers, as only they could see it. To our tired eyes, the photographs in "Buried" look scratched and damaged, irreparably so. It's his toughest, most challenging, "open-your-eyes" assignment yet: Establishing a tangible relation between an object (the photograph) and a place (by burying it there). The most concrete 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 Edition, indicated as such on the Back Limitation Page, and is very prominently and beautifully signed in pencil on the title page by Stephen Gill. It comes with an archival 4 X 7 inch original color print that is in pristine condition and therefore eminently suitable for burying. This title is now highly collectible. This is one of few signed copies still available online, is still in the publisher's original shrinkwrap, and is deliberately soiled and smeared, a beauty. A rare signed copy thus. 30 color plates. Stephen Gill's "Hackney Wick" was selected as one of the greatest photography books in "The Photobook". One of the most brilliant living photographers. As conceived, a flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER STEPHEN GILL TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0954940547.
Description:Fine. No dust jacket as issued. First edition, first printing....Fine. No dust jacket as issued. First edition, first printing. Limited edition of 750 copies (this being number 159) with an original "bury your own" Type-C print (image 4-1/8 x 4-1/8 inches; paper 7-1/4 x 4-3/4 inches). The book is signed in pencil on the title page by Gill. Hardcover. Printed paper-covered boards with dirt glued on covers; contained in a cardstock slipcase with title debossed on front. Photographs and text by Stephen Gill. Designed by Melanie Mues. 32 pp., with 29 four-color plates. 7-3/4 x 5-1/2 inches. CONDITION: Fine. From the artist: "The photographs in this book were taken in Hackney Wick and later buried there. The amount of time the images were left underground varied depending on the amount of rainfall. The depths that the pictures were buried at also varied, as did their positioning. Sometimes they were facing each other, sometimes back to back or sometimes buried singly. When burying my first batch of photographs, a passing man spotted me and asked what I was doing. Not only did I not want to give the location away of some of my buried pictures, but it just sounded a bit weird to say that I was burying photographs so replied that I was looking for newts. As soon as I'd said that I looked down and saw a newt at my feet. Not knowing what an image would look like once it was dug up introduced an element of chance and surprise which I found appealing. This feeling of letting go and in a way collaborating with place-allowing it also to work on putting the finishing touches to a picture-felt fair. Maybe the spirit of the place can also make its mark." Signed by Author.
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