Nineteen Seventies California by Philip Melnick. This is number 261 from an edition of 350 signed numbered slipcased copies. signed by Philip Melnick to a label tipped in to the back cover. No markings, the book is in new condition, please see pics, PayPal accepted, any questions please get in touch.
In the 1970s, shooting with a medium format camera, Melnick made black-and-white photographs of his surroundings. As a result, exploring the unique sense of style found in the Southern California urban landscape. This monograph offers a beautifully presented selection of Melnick’s most striking work. In which he displays a keen eye for the character of its vernacular architecture and the distinctive look of its streets.
The quirky confluence of a single parked car with a street facing wall and a fragmented apartment building. Or the intersection of street, fence and another non-descript apartment house. He isolates the intricate pattern of a wall. As a result, creating arresting fusions of everyday sights and geometric abstraction. “Melnick’s images emphasize a push-pull, hard-soft tension that give his pictures distinguished style and great beauty,” wrote the late Fred McDarrah.
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