Lee Friedlander: Cherry Blossom Time in Japan (with Signed Gravure Print!)
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Cherry Blossom Time in Japan. The Complete Works. Photographs by Lee Friedlander. Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, 2006. Unpaged. Oblong quarto. First edition. Hardbound. No jacket as issued. 73 tritone reproductions by Meridian Printing using the dry-trap process. Bound dos-à-dos (essentially two books bound together, which can be read in two directions: one half features horizontally oriented plates; the other vertical), with list of plates in the center.
Accompanied by a Gravure print, "Kyoto, 1979" (plate no. 37--illustrated at right--image measures 12 3/4 x 8 3/4 in. printed on 19 1/4 x 15 in. rag paper). Printed 1986 (see below). No. 31 from an edition of 50. SIGNED and numbered on recto. Studio stamp and gallery notation in pencil on verso.

I first went to Japan in 1977 and found the whole country ablaze with blossom. I went again in 1979, 1981 and 1984, always at cherry blossom time. As far as I knew, Japan was always abloom.--Lee Friedlander

"Lee Friedlander's Cherry Blossom Time in Japan: The Complete Works, presents, for the first time, the complete set of 73 images that the artist made during his four trips to Japan. The groundbreaking black and white images--first seen as 25 photogravures in a 1986 portfolio, and long out of print--appear as examples of radical picture-making even 20 years later, as few serious photographers would have dared to photograph cherry blossoms with anything other than color film at that time. The result is a new kind of beauty, with many of the compositions bordering on visual chaos. The images collected here serve as a precursor for much of Friedlander's late landscape work, which was exhibited to great acclaim in his 2005 Museum of Modern Art retrospective. Printed by the laborious dry-trap process, the amazingly sensuous reproductions closely approximate the original prints. Friedlander oversaw the book's production and was involved in every aspect of printing and design. [This] is Friedlander's forty-ninth book since 1969, and evidences a master at the peak of his form."--the publisher

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Lee Friedlander: Cherry Blossom Time in Japan (with Signed Gravure Print!)
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