Craig Olson Books Newsletter


It's the season of photos, right?

So why not an offer of more photography books?

The light has changed here with the recent snow. 

Crisp, clean, breathtaking light. 

The ferry rides each morning have been spectacular and the trip up Route 1 feels as though I've jumped right into a Christmas Card or the last scene of the Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye film, White Christmas.

The books I'm highlighting this week don't generated visions of a white Christmas, but they do evoke a whole range of feelings and are perfect for the photographer on your list.

Isn't that what books are supposed to do?

I hope your holiday season is going well.



Cross, Charles.
A Picture of America: The Photostory of America - As It Is - And As It Might Be. Told By the News Camera.
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1932.
Hardcover. First Edition. 80 pp. 4to. Black and white photo printed boards with green accent color, green cloth spine with titling has faded slightly. Overall scuffing, slight bumping to corners, but quite clean overall. Interior clean with age toning to endpapers due to quality of paper and age. Previous owner's name in ink on first free endpaper.

An exceedingly rare book that was never really intended to survive for 90+ years.
Price: $400.00  
Vollmann, William T.
Imperial & Imperial: Photographs by William T. Vollmann (2 Volumes).
New York/Brooklyn, NY: Viking/powerHouse Books, 2009.
Hardcover. First Edition. First Printings. xxx, 1306 pp. 8vo.; 223 pp. Folio. Both volumes are clean, crisp copies with dust jackets in mylar covers.

William T. Vollmann's monumental book "Imperial" explores the history of southern California's Imperial Valley that passes over the US/Mexico border and continues into Mexico from the U.S. Vollman looks at the situation on the ground and interweaves it with the long history of the region from Native Peoples to Chinese immigrants, anglo settlers moving west, migrant workers from the south as well as illegal immigrants who cross the border daily. While writing and researching the book Vollmann also photographed the people and landscape he was writing about, primarily with a large format 8x10 camera, many of the images he captured are included in the companion volume of photographs. Unusual to have as a set.
Price: $115.00  
Shulman, Julius; Taschen, Benedict; Ethington, Philip J. (Essay); Edwards, Owen (Essay); de Wit, Wim (Essay).
Julius Shulman: Modernism Rediscovered (3 Volumes).
Koln, Germany: Taschen, 2007.
Hardcover. First Edition. 1,008 pp. Folio. Light tan cloth boards with color embossed titling to each spine, a different color for each volume that corresponds to Shulman's name printed on the cover as well as the color of endpapers in each volume. A large Julius Shulman photograph fills the cover of each volume. 1,500 color and black & white photographs. No dust jackets, as issued. Large cloth covered slipcase of matching cloth with photographs of Volume 1 and 3 applied to exterior has slight scuffing and soiling from shelf wear and is in Very Good condition. A very heavy set, will require additional postage.

Julius Shulman (1910-2009) was a legend in the field of photography and the world of architecture. His photography of what we now refer to as Mid-Century Modern Architecture that took hold in the United States helped build a movement that celebrated clean lines and views of the world from within and just as stunning views of the building looking in. During his active years, between 1936 and 2009, it is likely that Shulman reached more individual viewers than any other. This production lives up to his work. Spread over three volumes covering the years 1939-1958, 1958-1964, and 1964-1981 short essays on Shulman and his work.
Price: $750.00  
Schifferli, Christoph (Editor); Yasumi, Akihito (Essay); Moriyama, Daido (Photographer); Araki, Nobuyoshi (Photographer); Nakahira, Takuma (Photographer); Takanashi, Yutaka (Photographer); Taki, Koji (Photographer).
The Japanese Box.
Paris/Gottingen, Germany: Edition 7L/Steidl, 2001.
Wraps. Limited Edition. Black wooden box containing 6 reproduced publications by noted photographers Daido Moriyama, Nobuyoshi Araki, Takuma Nakahira, Yutaka Takanashi, and Koji Taki. Three issues of Provoke Magazine as well as three individual catalogues. Black paper wrapper that enclosed books has tears from transport, two red rubber bands supple and intact, one printed with "The Japanese Box" in black. Housed in original shipping box.

This production of "The Japanese Box" was conceived of by printer Gerhard Steidl and fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld to celebrate the avant-garde of Japanese photography in the late 1960s and early 1970s. All of the work is in black and white. A vanguard of that movement was the publication of "Provoke" magazine by Takuma Nakahira in 1968 and represented by facsimiles of the first three issues. English translations of the publications: "Provoke" No. 1, (1968); "Provoke" No. 2, (1969); "Provoke" No. 3, (1969); "For a Language to Come" (1970) by Takuma Nakahira; "Sentimental Journey" (1971) by Nobuyoshi Araki; and "A Farewell to Photography" (1972)by Daido Moriyama. Produced in an edition of 1500 copies, this is copy #644.
Price: $1,250.00  
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