“AMERICANS DO INEXPLICABLY FOOLISH THINGS”: FIRST EDITION OF BURK UZZLE’S ALL AMERICAN
UZZLE, Burk. All American. (St. Davids, Pennsylvania): St. David’s Books / Aperture, (1984). Large quarto, original white cloth, original photographic dust jacket. $550.
First edition, the acclaimed second photobook by Magnum photographer Burk Uzzle, with 84 black-and-white photogravure plates (many double-page).
Burk Uzzle, “a former photographer for Life, photographs with an eye that is both ironic and loving… With rich black-and-white photographs, All American presents a land where… Americans do inexplicably foolish things, and he delights in every screwy idea made manifest… The result is an admirable success” (New York Times). Featuring 84 plates of photographs collected over a “period of ten years during Uzzle’s journey’s through America,” All American reflects his vision of a country that “is the most exotic country in the world… [and] the loneliest.” First edition, first printing, published in conjunction with a 1984-85 exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
A fine copy.