This book features the photography of Josephine Sacabo accompanied by the poetry of Keagan LeJeune, a professor of English at McNeese State University in Louisiana. This work comprises both a small bound book with ten platinum prints and a separate large portfolio of ten loose photogravure prints. Sacabo’s refined contemporary pictorialist photographs evoke the work of earlier photo-secessionists such as Alfred Stieglitz, Clarence H. White, and Gertrude Käsebier. Fittingly, her photographs in this book are presented in a format recalling Stieglitz’ Camera Work, 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 platinum prints were printed by John Marcy and the photogravures were printed 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.
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 the artist, the poet, John Wood, and publisher Steven Albahari.