Yosemite by Cathrine Opie. First Edition. First Impression. This is number 275 from an edition of 350 signed numbered slipcased copies. Signed by Cathrine Opie to a label tipped into the back cover. No markings. The book is in new condition. Please see pictures. PayPal accepted, any questions please get in touch.
Catherine Opie’s portrait of Yosemite National Park is meditative and personal, focusing on individual elements – a waterfall, a tree or the expansive sky above – rather than on the majestic impression of the place for which it is known. Indeed, when she does step back and present a wider view of the vista she is facing, she pulls it out of focus, allowing for a moment of reflection before moving on to the next photograph. “Like the Romantic painters before her, Opie expresses a desire to return to nature for quiet contemplation. She does not ask for much; she would probably photograph anything ‘so long as they are wild.’ While pointing at the beauty of these sights, she makes a subtle plea for environmental preservation: if society goes on operating in such an unsustainable manner, all of this is what we are poised to lose.” — Art Asia Pacific
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