The Sky Book. Photographs by Richard Misrach. Text by Rebecca Solnit. First edition. Hardbound with pictorial boards and dust jacket. Oblong quarto. 75 four-color illustrations. Arena Editions, Santa Fe, 2000. 144 pp.
"The images [in The Sky Book] mediate between document and abstraction, reality and metaphor. Drawing on photography's documentary tradition, Misrach contextualizes each photograph with respect to time and place, rooting the celestial realm firmly in the earthly and political one. In this way, his images are reminiscent of the efforts of nineteenth-century expeditionary photographers to record the natural resources of the frontier. At the same time, Misrach's sky pictures are a quiet meditation and a study of ephemerality, light, and color. They evoke a legacy of abstraction in art and photography that includes Alfred Stieglitz's "Equivalents" and Mark Rothko's color field paintings."--the publisher
Some rubbing and shelf wear to dust jacket, which also has a slight bumb at base of spine. An otherwise Fine and bright copy of this splendid monograph.