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Moments of Vision: Stroboscopic Revolution in Photography
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Moments of Vision: Stroboscopic Revolution in Photography

By Harold E. Edgerton; James R. Killian, Jr.

Cambridge: MIT Press. Hardcover. 1979. Signed by both authors: Harold E. Edgerton on the title page; James R. Killian, Jr. on the half-title page. Black cloth over boards. Lavish photos (most notably, a bullet winging through a hapless apple). Near Fine book in a Very Good jacket. Spine is square and tight. Interior is pristine other than author signatures. Dust stains to top edge. Jacket is faded toward the outer edge, top edge is worn and chipped. Not from a library. No remainder mark. Not clipped. See photos. xiv + 178 pages. Moments of Vision is a beautiful and technically informative collection of photographs that trace Edgerton's fruitful career and the evolution of his brainchild, the electronic flash and strobe photography, including his decades long collaboration with Jacques Cousteau. The text gives a charming insight into the magnetic personality and tireless motivation of 'Papa Flash' Edgerton and elucidates his leading role in the brilliant developments of 20th-century photography.

$79.80

Lao Textiles and Traditions (Images of Asia)
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Lao Textiles and Traditions (Images of Asia)

By Mary F. Connors

Kuala Lumpur: Oxford University Press. Hardcover. 1996. Second impression, 1998. Hardcover in pictorial boards. 24 color plates; 25 black and white plates. 82 pages. As New. Not from a library. No remainder mark. See photos. The historical and cultural background of the Lao-Tai, whose exquisitely woven textiles with rich natural dyes and intricately fashioned designs have amazed and intrigued textile connoisseurs for years. Beautifully illustrated, the book tells the story of the people who created these masterpieces and who are still living lives intimately bound to their traditions and textiles.

$88.20

Traces of India: Photography, Architecture, and the Politics of Representation, 1850-1900
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Traces of India: Photography, Architecture, and the Politics of Representation, 1850-1900

By Maria Antonella Pelizzari; Julia Ballerini; Stephen Bann; Partha Chatterjee; Janet Dewan; Nicholas B. Dirks; John Falconer; Tapati Guha Thakurta; Narayani Gupta; Peter H. Hoffenberg; Thomas R. Metcalf; Christopher Pinney; Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

Montréal & New Haven: Canadian Centre for Architecture & Yale Center for British Art. July 23, 2003. Hardcover. First Edition. Fine book in a Fine jacket. Interior is pristine. Spine is square and tight. Cover is clean and bright. Suitable for gifting. 28 x 25 cm. 344 pages with 110 color and 73 black & white illustrations. 4.5 pounds. Expedited or international shipping will incur additional charges. Traces of India depicts the social, political, and anthropological role that photographs of Indian architecture played in the late 19th century, laying the historical foundations—real and imagined—on which an ordered empire might be constructed. The book explores some of the great architectural sites of the Indian subcontinent from Mughal, Jain, and Sikh monuments in the north to Hindu temples of South Asia and Buddhist monuments in central India through a selection of 19th century photographs along with a selection of images from popular culture, such as postcards, posters, political ephemera, calendar art, clips of Bollywood films, and religious imagery. The book includes such masterpieces as Felice Beato's views of the Taj Mahal, the Golden Temple, and monuments in the city of Lucknow, John Murray's three-plate panorama of the 17th century Pearl Mosque in the Agra fort, and a 21-plate panorama by Linnaeus Tripe recording an inscription that runs along the base of the 11th century Rajarajesvara temple. Beyond the apparent purposes of these images as picturesque views or records of an architectural past, deeper considerations influenced the way the image makers worked, selecting, framing, composing, and populating their representations of these monuments. These images remain enduring records of their makers' minds. This book is an investigation of that deeper visual culture, showing us how 'simple' images of buildings are in fact complex artifacts of the cultural and political forces shaping colonial India. The dozen contributors to the book, from post-colonial theorists to museum curators, examine the connections between photography and architecture through the visual culture of colonialism. This publication accompanied an exhibition of the same name, held in 2003-2004 at the Canadian Center for Architecture and the Yale Center for British Art. It won the Alcuin Society Award for Excellence in Book Design in Canada, category Prose Non-Fiction Illustrated, and the Historians of British Art Book Prize, category multi-authored/edited volume. Illustrated with 183 photographs, many rare or little known, the book offers an appealing and fresh view of colonial images as seen through postcolonial eyes. The volume also includes an extensive bibliography of literature of 19th century photography in South Asia.

$35.98

Minor White: A Living Remembrance
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Minor White: A Living Remembrance

By Minor White, Ansel Adams, Robert Adams, Walter Chappell, Paul Caponigro, Drid Williams, and others

Millerton, New York: Aperture. 1985. Hardcover. Fine book in a Good jacket. Interior is pristine. Spine is square and tight. Cover has a two inch tear, rubbing, and discoloration; see photo. Not ex-library. No remainder mark. Not clipped. 79 pages. This beautiful book is is a memorial gathering of words and images in honor of Minor White by his students, colleagues and friends. It attempts to capture a portrait of the guiding spirit of American creative photography. Ansel Adams wrote, "His photographs will be like a golden thread between ages of darkness and light." Other contributors include: Robert Adams, Paul Caponigro, Walter Chappell, Carl Chiarenza, Arthur Freed, Arnold Gassan, William Giles, William LaRue, Barbara Morgan, Edward Ranney, Frederick Sommer, John Yang, Brett Weston, and others. 78 pages. 4to. Also published as issue 95 (Summer 1984) of the journal Aperture, which was founded by Minor White.

$19.95

Madras: The Architectural Heritage (An INTACH Guide)
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Madras: The Architectural Heritage (An INTACH Guide)

By K. Kalpana, Frank Schiffer

Chennai, India: Indian National Trust For Art And Cultural Heritage, Tamil Nadu Chapter, 2003. Trade Paperback. First edition (stated). Slight bump at top of spine, otherwise pristine inside and out. Several Indian cities that were born as a result of colonization served as showcases of the power of the colonizer, manifest in huge buildings, wide roads, large green parks and other infrastructure. Their architecture, though early on a pure model of established Classical and other European styles, eventually gave way to a refined combination of strong local traditions. Madras, one of the first major seats of the British, is one such town that has grown rapidly, but unfortunately at the stake of its heritage. Its vast architectural wealth, including the fine examples of the Indo-Saracenic style - that was a marriage between the Hindu and the Islamic styles - is fast vanishing. The richly illustrated volume offers an insight into what remains of this wealth, in the hope of kindling a fresh interest in its upkeep. The chapters have been so arranged and introduced to give a clear picture of how the city grew, from its majestic beginnings at the fort to the southern suburb of Adyar. The suggested walks cover a varied and substantial numbers of buildings and take one through the life of the area. Debates on he future of heritage planning and the history of built form and open spaces have been included an essays. While on the landmark buildings we have detailed descriptions substantiated by drawings, care has also been taken to introduce briefly, residential and other smaller buildings that play an equally important role in lending character to an area. With close to 1000 photographs, every chapter has been laid out differently to capture the unique experiences of each locality.

$104.30

The National Archives Building: Temple of American History
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The National Archives Building: Temple of American History

By Patty Reinert Mason

Washington, D.C.: The Foundation for the National Archives. 2009. Paperback. New in shrinkwrap. A lay person's guide to the National Archives Building, explaining its history, architectural features, and the symbolism of its ornate sculptures. Filled with historic photographs and architectural drawings from the Archives' holdings as well as contemporary photographs, the book celebrates architect John Russell Pope's masterwork and traces the history of the National Archives from its inception.

$13.94

Madras that is Chennai, Queen of the Coromandel
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Madras that is Chennai, Queen of the Coromandel

By S. Muthiah

Mumbai: Business Publications. 2000. Hardcover. Very Good/Fine. Spine is square and tight. Inscription on title page, otherwise interior is pristine. Cover is clean and crisp. 128 pages.

$22.37