Great news—as a holiday present, and to kick off the brand-spanking-new Lodima Press home page, our friends Michael and Paula (you remember their print sale here last January) are offering for TOP readers a BIG discount on Lodima Press's wonderful series of Brett Weston monographs.
Each monograph looks like it might not be a very good value if you were comparison shopping with other books. They're paperbound, and they don't contain very many pictures—fifteen, give or take. But appearances are deceiving. Michael did his usual fanatically perfectionistic job with the printing of the images, making the printed page mimic Brett's original photographs far more closely than most printed images possibly can. The result are brief monographs showing actual-size pictures that are very close in their visual and artistic impression to Brett Weston's original photographic prints.
In other words, all the money was put into the printing.
As such, they're fairly priced. But at $54.95 to $69.95 each, they seemed expensive in absolute terms.
Until now, that is. Until December 21st, for TOP readers, they're only $30 each. And if all ten volumes of the projected nineteen-volume set published to date are purchased with this sale, the price is only $25 each.
Go to the new Lodima Press page, Lodima.org, and click on "Book Sale" at the bottom of the page. Then use coupon code TOP2013 for your purchase. I believe you can only enter the coupon code once (not sure, and I can't check it), so, just to be safe, be sure to finish loading your cart before entering the coupon code.
(Many other Lodima titles are priced at 50% off during this sale as well—a particular longtime favorite of mine is Paula's High Plains Farm, for the next five days only $39, a steal.)
I have all of these and they're absolutely lovely, a great way to enjoy Brett Weston's wonderful work.
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Featured Comments from:
Jim Weekes: "Mike, You have done it again. I ordered three of the Westons, a Robert Adams and the Eric Lindbloom. You do lead me unto temptation. But at those prices and with their quality I could not resist. Thank you."
Mike replies: 'S true. But I only lead you into good temptations, not bad ones. :-)
MM: "Buyers of the Brett Weston volumes (and I'm likely to be one) should be aware that Brett often wasn't big on retaining shadow detail the way that other West Coast photographers of the era usually were (including his father Edward). He tended to use the shadowed/silhouetted areas in his photos as negative space to form powerful, solid shapes that make a counterforce to lighter shapes, not as areas to be 'looked into' for subtle detail. The effect works for me and other fans of his, but those unfamiliar with Brett's work may at first think the printer used too much contrast and the shadows blocked up. I think book printers in the past had trouble printing Brett's photos—Dave Gardner (for years the printer of Ansel's books) being a notable exception, because he wasn't afraid to really 'lay on the black'—so it's a great thing that Lodima is going back to print these masterworks. Kind of like a great violinist issuing a fresh new recording of classical masterpieces...."
Fred: "I saw this post and based on Mike's recommendation took the plunge for the Weston set. I'm aware that the publishers are fine art photographers that contact print 8x10 and larger so I figured their affinity for the finer points of printing would also characterize their publishing. I placed the order using regular UPS ground for shipping and was pleasantly surprised when the order was packed and shipped the same day. I was even more surprised when the order showed up on my doorstep today, only a day after I placed the order. They are finely crafted books with wonderfully rich printing and a nice afterword in each edition and an introduction in some. This was a good buy. Highly recommended."