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Photobook Gift Guide: Part II

Today we offer recommendations for those with a higher price point -- limited edition books with prints. But one doesn't need to break the bank to purchase a limited edition with a print. For even more affordable options, take a look at our in-stock selection from the collectible One Picture Book series from Nazraeli. Read parts IIII and IV.

The Mushroom Collector by Jason Fulford -- $250
An innovative juxtaposition of found photographs with his own work, Jason Fulford's 2010 The Mushroom Collector quickly became a must-have for photobook collectors.

"Fulford's pure fascination with imagery is likely what affords him the ability to create such splendor out of the otherwise overlooked. Combining the original flea market pictures with his own photographs and text, flipping through the book is a bit like watching him think out loud. As if images were words themselves, Fulford builds a visual vocabulary - assembling sentences out of a series of situations, exploring the significance of photographs and the relationships that arise in the space between them." -- from the review by Shane Lavalette

Now out of print, signed copies are selling on the secondary market for $300+, making this signed limited edition with a print (print 4 and print 5) an exceptional deal at $250.

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Paradise City by Hans Bol -- $500
Over the course of 20 years, Hans Bol has explored and photographed the marble quarries of Carrara, Italy. There is a profound history in these mountains -- these are mines that have been active since 70 BC, mines from which have come the marble that Michelangelo used to make his David, that built the Pantheon, and can been seen in famous buildings worldwide. Bol's images show the grandeur of the mountains and the still beauty of the quarries, the sculptural nature of the man-hewn landscape rendered in images that remarkably capture the unique and fine tones of the marble. Bol's images explore cold beauty of the area, but also the enormity of the impact that humans have had on the landscape, resulting in a complex and subtle meditation on man's interaction with nature. Meticulously designed by Dutch book designers Typography Interiority & Other Serious Matters, a slipcased limited edition of Paradise City is available with a choice of one of three prints - A, B, or C.

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View Hans Bol's work on the Photographer's Showcase

Faces Vol. 1 by Hiroshi Watanabe -- $200 
The first in a series of limited edition books with prints from Hiroshi Watanabe, Faces Vol. 1 features a collection of portraits shot by Watanabe at the San Lazaro Psychiatric Hospital in Quito, Ecuador. Given the surroundings, one might expect the images to have a certain heaviness, but Watanabe's portraits are something else altogether. Tender and intimate, we do not see the subjects for their diagnosis, but instead we see something special pass between photographer and subject, a flash of interaction or moment of connection Watanabe is able to find, even with sitters who don't seem to acknowledge his presence. Faces Vol. 1 is a beautiful example of Watanabe's considerable skill as a portrait photographer. The small-scale book is available with a choice of one of two prints.

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Out to Lunch by Ari Marcopoulos -- $400 ZF202
Out to Lunch is a jammed packed limited edition full of Ari Marcopoulos' early and recent work with a ton of extras -- contact sheets, stickers, posters and a screen play.

"Marcopolous challenges the art aesthetic of photography and presents it as a tool for documentation of the quotidian. He marks each day; the proof of its existence in the photograph and often with the time stamp printed on the photo. His work is analogous with the tagging of the gangs or paintings of the street artists. His books are often as impermanent as the spray paint, printed on non-archival materials. This volume, likely the most comprehensive book on Marcopoulos totaling 368 pages, will last for years, but in its construction are elements meant for its deconstruction: vinyl stickers, removable posters and even the perfect binding within the black gauze. It is a collectible object perfectly complimentary to its content." -- from the review by Melanie McWhorter

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Snaps by Elliott Erwitt -- $675
Snaps is brimming with the wonderful and iconic photographs of Elliott Erwitt, almost 500 images total, many of which had not previously been published. The images in this book cover 50 years of the Magnum photographer's images, creating the first comprehensive monograph of Erwitt's work and representing the true breadth of his photographic career. The limited edition is presented in a sturdy clam-shell box wrapped in teal blue cloth with the signed and numbered limited edition print carefully placed in an envelope mounted in the front cover. The edition currently in-stock includes a print of Erwitt's classic 1955 image Provence, featuring a child peeking over his shoulder at the photographer while riding on the back of his father's bicycle, each wearing berets, baguettes strapped to the rear of the bike. Erwitt's clever and witty photographic style is hard not to love, and this beautiful edition of Snaps is sure to be treasured.

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