Reinventing the Photobook as an Art Form

21ST Editions, the art and photography book publisher in South Dennis, Massachusetts, is known for their lavishly produced photobooks made in collaboration with contemporary artists including Sally Mann, Robert and Shana Parkeharrison and Joel-Peter Witkin. All of their titles feature custom-designed bindings, exquisite papers, and beautiful images in formats including platinum prints, cyanotypes, hand-pulled photogravures, pigment ink prints, silver gelatin and more. They are also publishers of the Journal of Contemporary Photography.

Robert and Shana Parkeharrison: Listening to the Earth, 2003 is a highlight
© Robert and Shana Parkeharrison
Swann's May 19 auction of Important Photobooks and Photographs features an exceptional lot of 21ST Editions monographs and portfolios—26 in all—from 1998-2010, offered with a complete run of issues of the Journal. In total, there are 357 bound prints and an additional 159 signed photographs and photogravures by Eikoh Hosoe, Michael Kenna, Sheila Metzner, Vik Muniz, and many others. Each book is in pristine condition and has an original silk, cloth, morocco or goat binding, and several still have their original shipping boxes.

Tom Baril: Manhattan Portfolio, 2004 contains 12 hand-pulled photogravures
© Tom Baril
Please refer to Swann's Photographs Department for more information.

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