On further reflection I not only can't afford these books, but also in the current economic climate I don't know anybody who can.
As for getting the local library here in the UK to buy it, you'll be lucky:
Yes even in the "good times" the price quoted would make other non photographic users unlucky as well if the library were to pay that kind of price for one book.
I called Phaidon some time earlier this year, and they confirmed that an edition for the masses (smaller in physical size but complete) will be released some time in 2013. This book was originally planned as a regular release before Phaidon pulled it and made it a limited, collectors thing at this exhorbitant price. I remember the original Amazon listing, and I think the price was around $125-$150. Then the decision was made to make it a larger, limited run, with the crazy price increase.
Last edited by Shawn Rahman; 12-18-2012 at 04:41 PM. Click to view previous post history.
The "limited edition" artist book is more frequently the standard now. I don't see a problem with it necessarily since print prices have gone way up in the last few years. There is a big gap between a $50 book and a $5000 print. The limited edition books fill that gap. It also helps the publisher make money, which is a good thing.
Is this an ad? Very much a collectors item for devotees of the photographer - and I'd guess of more interest to academically oriented aesthetes, non-photographers.
I'm sure most here would more likely buy several individual monographs, if that kind of cash was lying around.
My hypothetical Christmas list in that respect:
1. Mark Power - 26 Different Endings (£40)
2. Jem Southam - The River Winter (£40)
3. Viviane Sassen - Parasomnia (£25)
4. Paul Strand - Un Paese: Portrait of an Italian Village (£40)
5. Walker Evans - American Photographs (£20)
6. Seduced By Art: Photography Past and Present (£30)
7. Mark Steinmetz - South Central (£140)
8. Eliot Porter - In the Realm of Nature (£30)
9. Sense of Place: European Landscape Photography (£30)
10. Darren Almond - Nocturne (£45)
Total = £440
Some of those books are also destined to become classics, the Steinmetz and Sassen in particular would be a worthwhile investment, the Paul Strand book is a rarity.
'Cows are very fond of being photographed, and, unlike architecture, don't move.' - Oscar Wilde
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The OP was not an ad, i agree that you can buy many great books for that price however I am a bibliophile and do like to own quite special books with original prints. I wrote an article a few years ago about original print photobooks, if you read it you will see why I am passionate about books with high production values. Those interested can download a copy here
Originally Posted by batwister
Last edited by Davec101; 12-24-2012 at 02:51 AM. Click to view previous post history.
I too am a bit of a Meyerwitz fan. Not sure if its a good price, but I have seen it advertised in Australia for $300 AU:
(either that, or this is the edition 'for the masses')
EDIT - but its sold out...doh!
For the price the're charging Meyorowitz can afford to "Take His Time".