(OPB2 SET5) COMPLETE #17-20 Kenna / Gibson / Malley / HidoHido, Kenna / Gibson / Malley /
All books are Hardcover, 6 x 8 1/2, are book is numbered and contains a signed photograph approx 5 x 7 inches and limited to 500 numbered copies. Housed within a custom slip case. Book 17 Michael Kenna - Notre Dame de Paris ?From the moment I entered its dark, sacred precincts, I was in love with Notre-Dame de Paris (Our Lady of Paris). I walked around wide-eyed, awestruck by the grandeur of its architecture and esthetics. I inhaled the atmosphere, the faint smell of incense, the whisperings from the crowds of other people also experiencing these wonders in their own particular ways. I lit candles and sat in front of the altar praying quietly, relishing the tranquility and meditative ambience. I listened to the choir as it practiced for Vespers. This was in 1972, on my first visit to Paris? My affection for Notre-Dame has only increased over the years. Now, when arriving in Paris, often early in the morning and jet-lagged, I greatly enjoy a ritual walk along the Seine to the Île de la Cité and Notre-Dame, where I can spend some solitary time. Of course, I am never alone. Notre-Dame is an extremely important religious, national and cultural monument, with over twelve million visitors annually. Fortunately, it is always possible to find a quiet pew and reconnect with this alluring space. Notre-Dame continues to capture and inspire my imagination. On Monday, April 15, 2019, along with countless other people throughout the world, I was shocked and saddened to see the media coverage of Notre-Dame burning. It seemed unimaginable that this architectural wonder, filled with over eight centuries of history, memories and mystique could be destroyed in a few hours. Yet, this devastating fire was happening before our eyes. In the days after the fire, I looked through my archive of negatives for some personal homage to this most beloved place that has given me so much. The fourteen photographs in this book, many of which I have just printed for the first time, were made over a period of forty years on my various wanderings through Paris. Please get well soon Notre-Dame. We miss you. I miss you.? ? From the Introduction by Michael Kenna Book 18 David H. Gibson A Walk Through A Bamboo Grove With his masterful sequence A Walk Through A Bamboo Grove, Hokoku-ji, Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan, David H. Gibson brings the viewer into another space and time. Kamakura, a seaside Japanese city famous for its many Buddhist Zen temples and Shinto shrines, is also home to immense groves of moso bamboo. Attaining heights of over 90 feet, this giant timber bamboo sheds its older leaves as new ones unfurl, blanketing the ground within the dark, cool groves. One experiences a sense of awe, vicariously wandering in the grove on the paths provided, with unexpected vistas, ancient stone lanterns, and the repetitive rhythm the bamboo segments. Looking up, one sees what appears to be a gothic cathedral, with the sky as the roof. David H. Gibson?s work has been widely exhibited and written about, and is the subject of several monographs. The artist?s original photographs are housed in numerous public and private collections, among them Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas; Citibank North America, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; Deloitte & Touche LLP, Washington, D.C.; and Ballinglen Arts Foundation, County Mayo, Ireland. Book 19 Alia Malley - Captains of the Dead Sea Captains of the Dead Sea examines how the experience of place is influenced by the way in which the world has been previously photographed. A visitor can stand in Death Valley, for example, and realize that it ?looks like? Mars... or the Moon... or a scene from Star Wars. At its core, Captains of the Dead Sea considers the cinematic use of landscape-as-location, the role of the American desert, and the implications of how the boundaries between documentary and fictional narrative have become blurred. Based in Los Angeles, Alia Malley received her BA in Critical Film Studies from University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, and her MFA in Visual Arts from University of California Riverside. She works with photography and video to explore modes of representation ? specifically the roles of landscape, cinematic narrative of place, technology, and human geography in structures of power. Malley?s work is held in numerous private and public collections, among them the permanent collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the UCLA Library Special Collections, and the Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection. Book 20 - Untitled #11856-0820 Published in 2018 to wide critical acclaim, Todd Hido?s Bright Black World explores the dark terrain of the Northern European landscape and regions as far as the North Sea of Japan. Underscoring the influences of Nordic mythology and specifically the idea of Fimbulwinter, which translates into the ?endless winter?, many of Hido?s new images allude to and provide form for this notion of an apocalyptic, never-ending winter. An important and already highly sought-after monograph, Bright Black World benefited from its oversized format in presenting the epic landscape photographs of which it is comprised. Hido?s latest contribution to our One Picture Book series takes this a step further: rather than dividing the sheet into 16 pages, Hido presents one of Bright Black World?s most recognizable images, ?Untitled #11856-0820?, over an entire form which, when unfolded, measures some 16 x 21 inches. Todd Hido is a San Francisco Bay Area-based artist whose work has been featured in Artforum, The New York Times Magazine, Eyemazing, Wired, Elephant, FOAM, and Vanity Fair. His photographs are in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Guggenheim Museum, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; and Los Angeles County Museum of Art.