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    Sale 2110

    Fine Photobooks From An Important Private Collection

    10 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 114

    EMMET GOWIN

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    EMMET GOWIN
    Concerning America and Alfred Stieglitz, and Myself. Richmond, Virginia: [self-published,] 1965.

    14 black and white gelatin silver prints (all but one c.175 x c.117 mm or the reverse; the other 121 x 80 mm), mounted rectos only on card with printed captions. Loose as issued in the illustrated card portfolio (negligible soiling); cloth folding case.

    RARE. 1 OF 100 SETS ONLY, THE ENTIRE EDITION, COMPRISING 14 VINTAGE GELATIN SILVER PRINTS. Gowin printed this, his first important book, himself while still a student at Virginia Community College. Writing about it in his first monograph, Gowin says: "From the beginning I wanted to make pictures so potent I would not need to say anything about them" (Emmet Gowin, New York: 1976). These early images, made between 1963 and '64, have rarely been anthologized since. "This youthful homage is probably at least as much about America and the seductive power of photography as it is about Stieglitz"; "Gowin was already ambitious enough to make his book's cover another homage, this one to the original French edition of Frank's The Americans" (101 Books). 101 Books, pp.172-73.


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