THIS LOT CONSISTS OF 2 BOOKS AND 1 PORTFOLIO: Discovery: Inner and Outer Worlds, Friends of Photography, Portfolio II, 1970 (shown); James Alinder, Cumming, Photographs, Friends of Photography, Untitled 18, 1979; Michael Kenna, Night Walk, Friends of Photography, Untitled 47, 1988.
In 1967, Ansel Adams, Brett Weston, Nancy and Beaumont Newhall and several others founded the Friends of Photography in Carmel. It moved to San Francisco in 1989 and dissolved in 2001. These publications highlight three different moments in the group's history.
Discovery: Inner and Outer Worlds, Friends of Photography, Portfolio II, 1970. Introduction by Wynn Bullock. Folio. Softbound portfolio containing fifteen loose black-and-white photolithographic plates. A four-page insert on archival paper contains Bullock's introduction and list of images. A smaller 'prospectus' pamphlet contains a greeting from Ansel Adams, then president of the Friends. Limited to 2500 copies. Among the photographers included are Paul Caponigro, Jerry Uelsmann, Gordon Parks, Ray K. Metzker, and Reva Brooks. Some yellowing to images and rubbing to exterior of folio. Rear of portfolio unglued from interior, but still sound structurally.
James Alinder, Cumming, Photographs, Friends of Photography, Untitled 18, 1979. Photographs by Robert Cumming. Text by James Alinder. Includes an interview with Cumming. Quarto. Wrappers. Limited to 3500 copies. 39 black-and-white plates. Cumming published five books between 1971 and 1977. Multi-concept artist Robert Cumming originally began exploring the photographic medium to document his sculptures. His images are intensely unique and intriguing, and often quite humorous--especially Cumming's quasi-scientific experiments with the human form. Spine brittle; otherwise Fine.
Michael Kenna, Night Walk, Friends of Photography, Untitled 47, 1988. Introduction by Jerome Tarshis. Squarish quarto. Photo-illustrated wrappers. 40 black-and-white plates plus 3 additional images. A selection of Kenna's moody, evocative architectural photographs made at night. Very Fine.