10 April 2008
American Prospects. New York and Houston: Times Books and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1987.
Oblong quarto (255 x 303 mm). 55 color photographs. Original cloth, front cover lettered in blind; original photo-illustrated dust-jacket; cloth slipcase. Provenance: Joel Sternfeld (gift inscription dated 14 January 1993 to:) -- Carole Kismaric, editor of photobooks.
Chromogenic contact print (195 x 245 mm), titled by Sternfeld on the verso "McLean, Virginia, December 1978".
FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY STERNFELD TO CAROLE KISMARIC: "For Carole, one of the last 30 copies for it's first champion. For all the years, all my love, Joel". WITH A CHROMOGENIC PRINT OF THE COVER IMAGE LAID-IN. Kismaric was an innovative editor of photobooks, and other publications, including Aperture. "American Prospects brought a new respect for color photography and a deeper understanding of American complexity" (101 Books). "Each picture suggests an arcane drama being played out... making American Prospects less a series of photographs than a series of tales-- unfinished, elliptical certainly -- that add up to a cogent and persuasive view of America, told with affection but also conveying the feeling that something is not quite right" (The Photobook). 101 Books, pp. 260-61; The Open Book, 338-39; The Photobook, vol. II, pp.34-5. (2)
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