Signs and Traces
Limited Edition: 300. "Just the right amount of photos combined with great printing and clean unfussy design"
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“Any new book or exhibition by Thomas Cooper is something worthy of anticipation and excitement and this, his latest book, does not disappoint. It is actually two greats for the price of one as we get not only Thomas’s superb photographs but those of another of the great early American photographers, Timothy H O’Sullivan. Anyone even remotely interested in early American photography will be aware of O’Sullivan’s atmospheric and emotive images of the Shoshone Falls made as part of two major expeditions to explore and open up the West in the 1860s/1870s. For many of us including Thomas, O’Sullivan’s images are part history, part inspiration. These photographs of Cooper’s are not new images in the Re-Photography mode: they are new and wonderful images inspired and challenged by what is arguably O’Sullivan’s greatest work. The images are as fascinating, as challenging to the viewer as O’Sullivan’s were to Cooper. They are a joy to behold and study and I have spent some time every day since receiving the book contemplating them. They are, as anyone who knows Thomas’s work, not just superb technically but full of expressive and emotive qualities. It is, of course, a great assistance that the print quality is superb, the book is beautifully presented and the accompanying essay readable,sagacious, provocative and amply laced with Thomas’s own comments. All in all it is a volume to treasure. It wins my Book of the Year 2010 with a significant margin to spare.”
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