Welcome to The Online Photographer's 600th week on the Web! This morning we're offering three fine art photography books at nice discounts courtesy of our friends at Yale University Press. Since many people have been waiting eagerly for this, I'll give you the lowdown post haste and talk more about the books themselves in days to come.
First up is a matched pair: In the Picture: Self-Portraits 1958-2011 and Family in the Picture 1958-2013 by Lee Friedlander. The former was published by Yale University Press in conjunction with Yale University Art Gallery in 2011, the latter by Yale University Art Gallery in 2013. Both were designed by the distinguished book designer Katy Homans with separations by Thomas Palmer, and they're a little unusual in today's photo book world in that they were printed in the USA by Meridian Printing (a lot of book printing these days has moved to Asia).
They're smallish books, just under 9x10", but bricks at about 1 3/4 inches thick—there are over 350 plates in the Family book and more than 400 in the self-portrait book. I'll talk more about the pictures later, but the reproduction is rich and vivid, with a full, classic tonal range, very well done.
These two Lee Friedlander books were published at $75 each. We are offering them at $25 for one (yes, you can buy just one, our reasoning being that you might already have the other), or $40 for the set.
The third book is the magnificent Paul Strand: Master of Modern Photography, which I already wrote a bit about here, published by (deep breath) The Philadelphia Museum of Art in collaboration with Fundación MAPFRE in association with Yale University Press, in 2015. This is a magnificent book, I believe the best single Strand title ever published up to now. It was designed by Takaaki Matsumoto of Matsumoto Incorporated, New York, and printed by Trifolio S.R.L., Verona, Italy. It was published at $75, which I have to say made it a very good deal given the outstanding quality of the book and its luxurious reproductions. We are offering it here at $39.
I said I wouldn't say anything about the books now, but quickly: I think this is one of those cases where the book reproductions might actually be better than original prints, the reason being that Strand printed extremely dark, requiring strong light to see the prints properly, and the fashion in Museums lately is to keep light levels very low—a particularly bad combination in the case of Paul Strand. The illustrations here may be the absolute best way to see the work, if you're interested mainly in experiencing the content of the photographs. The balance of visibility and rich tonality is perfectly judged in the book.
How to order
There are two ways to order: on the Internet using a code, or by phone. Here are the links:
These links will take you to the US website of Yale University Press. (The UK website is not involved in the sale.) Enter the code YTOP1 if you are ordering only one Friedlander book, or YTOP2 if you are ordering both; the Strand will ring up at $39 using either code. You can also call the 800 number of Yale University Press to order over the phone, or if you have any problems. That number is 1-800-405-1619.
Note that you are welcome to post these codes and links on other sites and forums if you wish; the sale is not limited to people coming directly from TOP. All you need is the code to get the Yale/TOP sale prices.
Quantities are limited, so the sale will run for 30 days or until supplies run out. However we have generous quantities of the books, so you needn't be anxious about it. Well, generous quantities of two of the three, anyway.
Shipping will vary depending on how many books you order and how far they have to go. Those charges will be applied at checkout as per Yale's normal procedures.
Hope you like!
I really hope you appreciate this sale and can't wait to hear what you think of the books. Very exciting and gratifying for me; as I said the other day, I'm mad for photography books myself, and I love being able to offer these sales. And by the way, each book you buy includes a little dollop of a donation to TOP, so you'll be helping to keep the lights on here as we move toward Week 601, for which I say thank you. Very big thanks as well to Jim and Kali at Yale and to our friend Keith F. Davis, who put Yale and TOP together.
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Featured Comments from:
Collin J Örthner: "I love that this Paul Strand book sale allows shipping into Canada at a far more reasonable rate than your previous book sales! I greatly appreciate Strand's work and very much look forward to this volume. Thanks Mike!"
Speed: "Entered order. Worked fine with no changes to my computer or browser.
"How soon can I expect my book? :-) "
Mike replies: The estimate is that most books will ship within three days of ordering. Add ten days or so for in-transit time, and you should have your book in about two weeks, give or take a few days.
Maggie Osterberg: "Thank you, thank you, thank you! I've coveted a book of Strand's photographs like the one I just bought for years. And you're so right about his prints—I saw some of them at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (MIA) back when I was a student at MCAD and in the dim gallery, they were as dark as a charcoal drawing. I've read that he printed for them to be viewed in sunlit rooms, so he went darker. Don't know if that's true, but it would explain it. Again, thanks to you and Yale for making this book available to me at a price I can afford."