“THE LINE BETWEEN INVENTION AND THE DOCUMENTATION”: OF TIME & PLACE, WITH OVER 50 PHOTOGRAVURES OF IMAGES BY WALKER EVANS AND WILLIAM CHRISTENBERRY, SIGNED BY CHRISTENBERRY
EVANS, Walker, CHRISTENBERRY, William and SOUTHALL, Thomas W. Of Time & Place. San Francisco: Friends of Photography, (1990). Quarto, original black cloth, graphic endpapers, original dust jacket. WITH: Laid-in card (measures 6 by 6-inches folded), signed on the recto. $500.
First edition of this evocative photobook commemorating the exceptional photographic kinship between the work of Walker Evans and William Chistenberry, signed by Christenberry on the title page and also by him on the cover of a laid-in card commemorating a New York gallery exhibit of his work, book featuring 54 black-and-white and full color photogravures, most full page—23 by Evans, 30 by Christenberry, and a portrait of Christenberry by Lee Friedlander.
“Walker Evans casts a lengthening shadow over contemporary photography. For well over half a century, what he called his ‘documentary style’—images so deadpan they seem not to exhibit any style at all—has shaped several generations of artists…William Christenberry has moved in and out of the Evans penumbra all his life. Born in the same year (1936) and in the same region (Hale County, Ala., and its environs) where Evans and James Agee initiated the project that became Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, Christenberry grew up among the same sorts of places and people—tiny wooden Baptist churches, roadhouse shacks, tenant farmers—that those two visitors from up north turned into icons of the impoverished rural South. His adoption and revision of Evans’ heritage makes Christenberry an unusual and valuable artist” (New York Times). Many of Christenberry’s photographs in this volume—“the fifty-first in a series of publications on serious photography by the Friends of Photography”—revisit the same locales photographed by Evans decades earlier, while others document Christenberry’s exploration of other locations years apart. Issued the same year in cloth and in wrappers, no priority established. Text by Thomas Southall.
Book fine; faint spine toning, tiny bit of dampstaining to verso of bright about-fine dust jacket. Scarce signed.