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Limited Editions: Best Books – Chris McCaw’s Sunburn

Chris McCaw's Sunburn Special Edition
Selected as a Best Book of 2012, Chris McCaw’s first monograph, Sunburn, is now available as a special edition from Candela Books. The special edition is limited to only 21 copies, each signed by the artist, and comes in a custom clamshell box with a one-of-a-kind 4x5 paper negative of the sunrise over the San Francisco Bay on August 10th, 2012. The book is also accompanied by a small handmade accordion-fold booklet containing the complete work from the Sunburn series.

Chris McCaw’s sunburned paper negatives are quite a marvel – his long exposures range from a couple hours up to an entire day, with the sun’s path across the ecliptic burned into expired silver-gelatin paper. His unique process transforms the photographic print to something of a sculptural, three-dimensional object.

“I was both excited and apprehensive to learn that Chris McCaw's photography was being published in his first monograph, Sunburn. I've been a fan of his one-of-a-kind photographic objects for a while now, and was nervous about how the images would translate to the printed page. The physicality of the sun-scorched burn across (and often through) his photographs is integral to the experience and because I've seen the real thing, I was uncertain that someone who hasn't could appreciate what they are looking at. Would the book pull it off? The answer is an emphatic yes.” –from David Ondrik’s review of Sunburn on the photo-eye Blog

Chris McCaw's Sunburn Special Edition


Selected as a Best Book of 2012 by:
Erin Azouz
Rebecca Senf
Anne Kelly

Purchase the tradition edition here, or email us to reserve a copy of the special edition of Sunburn for $2100.

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