“JUNKIE MOTHS TO THE CHROMED RECORDING”: ASSOCIATION COPY OF TIM PAGE’S MID-TERM REPORT
PAGE, Tim. Mid-Term Report. (New York): Thames and Hudson, (1995). Square quarto, original stiff photographic wrappers. $75.
First edition in wrappers of this moving photobook by the Vietnam War’s legendary photographer Time Page, vividly illustrated with 78 photographic illustrations (many double page), this association copy from the library of award-winning Newsweek photographer Peter Turnley.
Recalling the Vietnam War, in which British photographer Tim Page was singled out by Michael Herr’s Dispatches as the most outrageous of all the “apolitically radical, wigged-out crazies running around Vietnam,” Page writes in Mid-Term Report that photographing that war “was addictive, we became junkie moths to the chromed recording of the most perverse, most emotive, most edgelike scene that boyhood novels had ever possibly illuminated… It was good to have put Vietnam aside.” In moving from those years to his discover of Buddhism, Page here affirms his sense of himself as “a frustrated painter… I see photography as being a bridge between painting and reality” (Independent). Issued same year as cloth edition, no priority established. From the library of Peter Turnley. who has “photographed almost every important international news event of the last 15 years” as a leading photojournalist for Newsweek and contributing editor for Harper’s Magazine (New York Times).
A fine association copy.