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The Edge of Vision: The Rise of Abstraction in Photography Hardcover – June 30, 2009
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"It is a handsome volume, well in keeping with the reputation of the press, and timely in its effort to broadly rethink the history of photography." -- Nancy Roth --Source: A Photographic Review
"[the works are] not photography, not in the familiar sense--they're pure expression." -- Robert Shuster --The Village Voice
"...the artists use unusual and deliberately accident-prone processes to turn out unique prints." --The New Yorker
"Photographer friends will enjoy this book on the history of abstract photography for its artistic merit and watershed images. Nonphotographer friends will enjoy this book because they will think it is a very hard Magic Eye. Hey, as long as everyone's happy." --Tokion Magazine
About the Author
Lyle Rexer is a New York–based independent writer and critic. His previous books include Photography’s Antiquarian Avant-Garde (2002) and How to Look at Outsider Art (2005); he contributed an interview with Chuck Close and Bob Holman to A Couple of Ways of Doing Something (Aperture, 2006), and is the author of Edge of Vision (Aperture, 2010.) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Writing this review, I find that I want to read the book again and spend more time with its images. The book offers a fresh approach to the history of photography, one that I think is important as art photography meets the digital age.
I loved Lyle Rexer's Photography's Antiquarian Avant-garde and I love this book, not just for the collected images but the writing.
Thank you Mr. Rexer for a new resource.