Enough time has gone by that the early-bird orders of Paul Strand: Master of Modern Photography should have arrived in readers' mitts by now.
So what do you think of it? I'd like to hear. (We'll do this with the Friedlander books another day.)
I found this book to be an ideal way to re-acquaint with Strand's uncompromising work. Although not originals, the illustrations are gorgeous, and as a "curated show" in this book they have a cumulative power. I've been through the book four times since I got it, looking carefully, and each time I've found it to be a moving and emotional experience. It sums up a man's whole life in a rich and honorable way. Strand himself went from a vigorous and iconoclastic youth to a more principled and reflective older age; his pictures got quieter and less ambitious but more profound.
I have a fraught history with Strand—years ago, back when I was young and arrogant, I got embroiled in a public controversy that centered around him. It was a back-and-forth that played out in the pages of a magazine. But one thing I've always been on the lookout for is the tendency we humans have to become polarized by disputation. So I always try to remain open-minded and willing to modify my stances as time goes by. I made my peace with Paul Strand and his work a long time ago. Maybe he just suits me better at the age I am now.
I'm eager to know if you like the book too. I hope those who have contacted me privately will leave comments too.
The Yale Sale
The book sale is still open. This time around we're offering three excellent hardcover books for bargain prices, thanks to our friends at Yale University Press. It looks like the next sale won't happen until Fall.
This sale has been extremely popular so far; we've sold a total of over 600 copies of the three titles. Out of all those, only one book has needed to be replaced because of shipping damage (maybe two, if a reader who contacted me a few days ago also decides to request a replacement). That's a great ratio. Yale is also getting high marks from buyers for their phone service at the 800 number.
There are two ways to order: on the Internet using a code, or by phone. Here are the Internet links:
Lee Friedlander, In the Picture ($25, or $20 each for two; published at $75)
Lee Friedlander, Family in the Picture ($25, or $20 each for two; published at $75)
Paul Strand: Master of Modern Photography ($39; published at $75)
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.
If you'd like to do us a favor, please post an announcement or a link to our Yale Sale at other sites and forums you visit; the sale is not limited to people coming directly from TOP. All you need is the code to get the Yale/TOP sale prices. Here's a quick link you can use: https://tinyurl.com/yd3xa6zd
Quantities are limited. The sale will run until the end of June or until supplies run out. 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.
I'm looking forward to your comments....
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Peter Wright [who left this comment under an unrelated post just yesterday —Ed.]: "I just got my books from the Yale Book Offer and I'm very pleased. The Friedlander books came first, and a few days later the Paul Strand book arrived. I thought at first that they had messed up, but the books were packaged separately for size/packaging reasons, (They just must have taken different routes to Canada.) After looking at the Friedlander books you won't feel guilty about selfies any more! (Or hounding your family.) The Strand book goes from 1910 to 1967—you can see the technology and ideas evolve over the years. The book is also beautifully made, and the printing excellent. $39 well spent! Thanks for making this available."