I Want To Take Picture. Photographs, text, and design by Bill Burke. Nexus Press, Atlanta, Georgia, 1987. Unpaged. Tall Quarto. First edition. Signed with traced drawing of Burke's hand) in ink on verso the front free-endpaper. Hardbound. Photo-illustrated boards. No jacket as issued. Numerous four-color and black-and-white plates (duotone and halftone separations also by Burke).
Includes the following:
Gelatin silver print of the cover image, "I Want To Take Picture, Site 8, 1986" (shown at right; 11 x 14 in.; signed on verso); An additional title, Fire + Iron (22 pp., SIGNED, with promotional card laid in)
Original Nexus Press order card I Want To Take Picture the book (that also duplicates cover image);
"Certificate of Authenticity" printed on Lao Aviation stationary with Burke's "Bînnh Fótò" stamp.
"In 1982, years after Viet Nam, I decided to give myself my own Southeast Asia experience. I wanted to make pictures in a place where I didn't know the rules, where I'd be off balance. Friends who had been there recommended Thailand; nice people, easy transportation, good food. Another friend told me that as long as I was going to Thailand I should go see the refugees coming out of Cambodia. He set me up with The International Rescue Committee, which was working at the Thai-Cambodian border." --Bill Burke, from I Want to Take Picture.
Cited in 802 Photo Books. A selection from the M+M. Auer collection; Andrew Roth, ed., The Book of 101 Books; Andrew Roth, ed., The Open Book and Parr & Badger, The Photobook: A History, vol. II.
All contents Very Fine.