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The House I Once Called Home, A Photographic Memoir With Verse (Deluxe version)
[London]: [Enitharmon Editions Ltd, 2003], 2003. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine. Michals, Duane. 4to - over 9" - 12" tall. 56 pp. Signed by Artist. No. 10 of 50 deluxe versions, there were also 15 hors commerce copies, with the regular edition being 3000; the deluxe version is limited to 50 copies, numbered and signed by the artist. It is accompanied by his first ever original print, a delicately nuanced photogravure made from one of the most haunting images in the sequence: this too is numbered and signed. Duane Michals (b. 1932, in McKeesport, PA) is one of the great photographic innovators of the last century, widely known for his work with series, multiple exposures, and text. Michals first made significant, creative strides in the field of photography during the 1960s. In an era heavily influenced by photojournalism, Michals manipulated the medium to communicate narratives. The sequences, for which he is widely known, appropriate cinema's frame-by-frame format. Michals has also incorporated text as a key component in his works, but rather than serving a didactic or explanatory function, his handwritten text adds another dimension to the images' meaning and gives voice to Michals' singular musings which are poetic, tragic, and humorous, often all at once. Mr. Michals was seventy when, soon after the death of his mother, he returned to his native Pittsburgh to revisit the house in which he was born and brought up. Its deteriorated state proved a poignant focus for his memories, prompting reveries on mortality and the succession of generations that found form as a sequence of photographs and poetic texts. For any of us who have lost the older generations of our families and have pondered the transient nature of life, this volume will touch deep chords and enable us to examine our own feelings of loss and lives lived with all of life's complexities. (N.B., the above info from the web sites of the Press and of DC Art Gallery.) ***DESCRIPTION: Decorated paper boards with paper label inset on the front, black lettering on the spine, decorative endpapers, photographic sequences interspersed through the book with corresponding text, some typeset and some hand-written; quarto size (approximately 10.5" tall), unpaginated with 28 leaves total. The separate photogravure is also signed/numbered by the artist, tissue-guarded, and enclosed in a black cardstock wallet; the slipcase is covered in navy blue cloth. ***CONDITION: Fine, with a strong, square text block, solid hinges, perfectly straight corners with no rubbing, the interior is clean and bright, and it is entirely free of prior owner markings; the accompanying print and its folder are also fine, as is the slipcase. ***POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply as the standard does not always cover costs; please contact us for details. ***Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.
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