It's always a treat for me when we hear from one of the people we've written about. I got a comment yesterday from Keith F. Davis, the curator who's responsible for the book The Photographs of Ray K. Metzker. I've added his comment to the original review.
If you'd like to know a little more about him, here's a brief article (too brief) called "Collectors' Roundtable: Keith F. Davis on Collecting Photographs." And here's his short-take bio:
Curators are, to a greater or lesser extent, institutional collectors. How great a job is that? After John Szarkowski retired from the Museum of Modern Art, he was hired to curate photographs for the PaineWebber Art Collection. He used to call me every so often (I'm sure as just one of a large network of contacts) to see if I could recommend any photographs or photographers he might be interested in. I'm pleased to report that three of the photographers I recommended to him sold work to the PaineWebber collection, including one who'd never sold any prints before. (My brush with institutional collecting.)
I told Keith we'd sold 52 copies of the book through our links, but that was wrong. Actually, 52 copies have been shipped: we cleaned out Amazon's stock. Another 68 copies were ordered that haven't been shipped yet.
I'd be interested in what others think of the book, if by chance you're one of the ones who bought one, and if you've received it already.
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A book of interest today:
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Featured Comments from:
Ken Tanaka: "As Mike opined, the book is a winner: 'Not only is it the ideal Metzker retrospective, it's an exemplary photographic monograph, with a substantial, insightful text and superb plates, presented in a robust but no-nonsense, no-pretenses manner.' I can't say it any better. Keith Davis has produced a superb retrospective on Metzker. Having seen lots of Metzker's prints I can also report that the book's plates are spot-on. If you want to get one book that neatly packages one of the great 20th century photographic artists look no further."
Larry: "I am fortunate to live a few blocks from the Nelson-Atkins Museum and have seen many exhibits curated by Keith Davis over the years. First when he was with Hallmark and more recently at the Nelson. They have all been superb. He and his staff are to be commended for the excellent exhibits they have been putting on in the new dedicated photography space in the Bloch addition at the Nelson.
"I want to alert midwest TOP readers of their current show which is a retrospective of Terry Evans. It is an amazing show and will be there through January 20th. It is well worth a trip to the Nelson. Just as important to readers not in the vicinity is the Evans book produced for the show, which is equal to the Metzker book in every way."