THIS LOT CONSISTS OF TWO BOOKS OF COLOR PHOTOGRAPHS: American Beauty by David Graham (1987)[shown] and New York Inside Out by Robert Walker (1984).
American Beauty. Photographs by David Graham. Introduction by Guy Martin. Aperture/ A New Images Book, 1987. First edition. Oblong quarto. Cloth-backed boards in photo-illustrated dustjacket. 63 pp. Graham studied photography with Emmet Gowin and Ray Metzner, but his color images of the small towns and suburbs of America also owe a debt to Stephen Shore, although Graham's images are often more cluttered with the trappings of our culture than Shore's. He seems to delight in sculptures, murals, religious symbols, and signs, as well as in clotheslines, lawn toys, and vehicles of all kinds. He worked mainly with a Deardorff 8 x 10 view camera and Kodak Vericolor negatives, as he felt the film had a "luscious tonal scale." A fine copy.
New York Inside Out. Photographs by Robert Walker. Introduction by William S. Burroughs. Skyline Press/ Oxford University Press (Canadian Branch), 1984. First edition. Small oblong quarto. Cloth in photo-illustrated dustjacket. Introduction + 88 full-page color plates, mainly of New York street life. "Robert Walker's photographs are vibrant, like sculptures, as though his shapes were weights in delicate balance. They are rich, like paintings, as though his film were a palette knife that sliced through a moment on a New York street and laid out the colors like fruit upon a breakfast table in the sun. His subject is the cavalcade, the human comedy." [From dustjacket flap.] A fine copy.