Kalejdoskop (Kaleidoscope) 6.76. Frederick Sommer. (Swedish Art and Photo journal). June, 1976. 50 pp. Small quarto. Saddled-stitched [staple-bound] . Black-and-white reproductions. Inscribed on verso of front cover to John Weiss, editor of Venus, Jupiter, & Mars.
Near Fine; rubbing and shelf-wear.
Aperture. 16:2. Spring 1977. Issue with work by Sommer, Nathan Lyon, Emmet Gowin, and Aaron Siskind, with text of a 1970 talk by Sommer at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Near Fine+; a bit of rubbing and some foxing; brittle spine.
Frederick Sommer at Seventy-five: A Retrospective. California State University, Long Beach, 1980. Unpaged. Tall quarto. First edition. SIGNED on half-title page. Stiff photo-illustrated wrappers. Black-and-white reproductions. Includes supplementary texts, chronology, and a bibliography.
All Children Are Ambassadors. Photographs and poetry by Frederick Sommer. Nazraeli Press, Munich, 1992. 48 pp. Small quarto. First edition. Edition of 2000 copies. Hardbound. Dos-a-dos binding (bound back-to-back--one side with accompanying English text, the other with German) with paper-covered boards in paper slipcase. 30 black-and-white and color reproductions.
Fine in Near Fine+, lightly soiled, case.
"Considered by many to be the most beautiful of Sommer's books, All Children are Ambassadors has been widely praised for its unique approach to the combining of words and images. This stunning publication brings together previously unpublished color collages with selected photographs, drawings, and cliches-verres, documenting some forty years of work by one of photography's great creative forces. An artists' book of superb originality, All Children are Ambassadors is included in some of the finest public and private book collections in the country."--the publisher
Sommer Words/Images. Two Volumes. Photographs and writings by Frederick Sommer. Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ, 1984. 142 pp. Quarto. Two volumes with stiff wrappers in printed cardboard slipcase. 79 black-and-white reproductions.
Fine in Near Fine- slipcase; small tears at openings and to lower joint
The Mistress of This World Has No Name. Where Images Come From. An Exhibition. The Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO, 1987. 79 pp. Quarto. Edition of 3000 copies. SIGNED on title page. Stiff photo-illustrated wrappers. 55 black-and-white and color reproductions.
Also Included: Invitation to a reception celebrating the 1988 Sommer exhibition at Denver Art Musuem (lightly foxed); tri-fold invitation to the opening of Sommer's 1992 show at Turner/Krull Gallery, Los Angeles (with Stephen Aldrich and Walton Mendelson); Sommer's Baseball Card from Mike Mandel: Untitled (Baseball-Photographer Trading Cards).
"One of the great masters and key innovators in the history of art photography, Sommer was a complex and highly creative individual. His work in photography is unconventional and fascinating for its wide range of methodologies and techniques. He also explored making images with other media, creating masterful drawings, collages, and musical scores.
Arriving in Arizona in 1931, Sommer abandoned his original profession, landscape architecture, and began painting and drawing. After meeting Alfred Stieglitz in 1935 and Edward Weston in 1936, Sommer embraced and quickly mastered photography. Other artists who later proved inspirational to Sommer included Precisionist painter and photographer Charles Sheeler, Surrealist artist Max Ernst, and photographer Aaron Siskind."--from the publisher's description for the 2005 monograph, The Art of Frederick Sommer