Evidence. Photographs selected by Mike Mandel and Larry Sultan. Introduction By Sandra S. Phillips. Afterword By Robert F. Forth. D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers Inc., New York, 2003. 92 pp. Quarto. First edition thus, first printing. (Originally published in 1977 by Clatworthy Colorvues, Greenbrae, California.) SIGNED by both Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel in black ink on the title page. Clothbound with printed dust jacket. 25 black-and-white and 61 duotone reproductions.
Evidence is a rather straightforward book. In Roth, et. al., The Books of 101 Books, David Levi Strauss sums it up as follows: "The concept for this book is clear--select photographs intended to be used as objective evidence and show that it is never that simple..." Mike Mandel and Larry Sultan combed through the photographic archives and repositories of over 100 corporations and government, educational, and medical institutions. Presented as formal objects, these evidential images are transformed into art photographs, calling into question basic assumptions about the nature of truth and objectivity.
Very slight corner imperfection; tiny blemish to front of jacket (2 mm); otherwise Fine-/Fine-.