This book features the photography of Josephine Sacabo accompanied by the poetry of Keagan LeJeune. This work comprises both a small bound book with ten platinum prints and a separate large portfolio of ten loose photogravures. Sacabo’s refined contemporary pictorialist photographs evoke the work of earlier photo-secessionists such as Clarence H. White and Gertrude Käsebier. Fittingly, her photographs in this book are presented in a format recalling Alfred Stieglitz’ Camera Work journal, with the ten small platinum prints tipped in next to the text and with the use of the photogravure process for the larger versions. The text includes fifteen poems by LeJeune inspired by Sacabo’s work as well as an introduction by John Wood.
The small book is bound in brown decorative paper with the title stamped in black on the cover. It was printed letterpress by Art Larson on Biblio paper. The platinum prints were printed by John Marcy. The larger portfolio of photogravures consists of brown decorative paper and is stamped in gold with the artist’s name and the title “Photogravures.” The photogravures were printed chine collé by Sacabo herself using Sekishu Japanese tissue on Somerset Velvet paper. Each of the photogravures is signed by the artist on the verso and the paper is blind embossed with Sacabo’s initials.
The two volumes are housed in a single cloth-covered clamshell box with two wooden sides and a magnetic closure. The book’s title is printed in gold on a paper label on the front cover and in black on a paper label on the spine. The binding was designed and executed by Mark Tomlinson.
This is copy number 18 out of 40 numbered copies, with 10 additional lettered copies for the artist and 2 copies for the publisher. It is signed by Josephine Sacabo, Keagan LeJeune, John Wood, and publisher Steven Albahari.
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