“A COMPELLING PRESENCE”: SCARCE FIRST EDITION OF ANA BARRADO’S EARLY MONOGRAPH, SIGNED BY HER, WITH OVER 50 FULL-PAGE PHOTOGRAVURES
BARRADO, Ana. Ana Barrado. Yushima, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo: Atelier Peytl, 1989. Square quarto, original ivory colored paper boards, original dust jacket, original bellyband.
First edition of this groundbreaking monograph by photographer Ana Barrado, signed by her on the title page, featuring over 50 full-page photogravures, with rarely found original bellyband.
Photographer Ana Barrado, who grew up in South and Central America, then settled in Florida, brings an ideal pairing of method and intent to her work. This monograph, signed by Barrado, features 52 full-page black-and-white photogravures of ghostlike, otherworldly landscapes and cityscapes that echo with the loss of a human presence, even as her images bring a distinctive new vision to photography’s powerful fascination with the machine. In particular, Barrado’s images of rockets, “mostly photographed in the late 80s and early 90s, with infrared black and white film… have a compelling presence” (New York Photo Review). As Akira Asada notes in this early monograph of her work, “Barrado’s images, which combine an inscrutable nostalgia and an inhumane sharpness, a dazzling gleam and a cool repose… rob reality of its sense of reality, transforming it into a daydream.” In 2011 the prestigious New York gallery of Deborah Bell featured Barrado in her first solo exhibit: Memories of the Future: Ana Barrado/Rockets. First edition, with rarely found bellyband. Text in English and Japanese. With three laid-in catalogues from the 2011 Memories of the Future gallery exhibit.
A fine signed copy.