The two-volume set was originally planned as a limited edition of 1,000 signed and numbered sets, but due to an accident at the bindery 400 sets were ruined. The edition ended at 600.
Landscapes 1975-1979 is a book as work of art. It is made in the tradition of the fine book, using only the highest quality materials, and superior craftsmanship in printing. The reproductions are printed duotone from 300 line-screen negatives by Becotte and Gershwin. The text is hand-set and printed letterpress on acid-free paper by the Stinehour Press. The heavy cloth binding on each volume has a tipped-in cover plate plate and clear mylar dust jacket.
Michael A. Smith, born in Philadelphia in 1942, has been working in photography since 1966. Less than a year later, in 1967, he began photographing exclusively with an 8×10-inch view camera, committing himself to the contact print. Later he added both an 8×20 and an 18×22-inch view camera.
During his second year as a photographer, he began teaching his own seminars and workshops, but after seven and a half years, he stopped teaching to dedicate himself solely to the making of his photographs.
His photographic journeys during the past five decades have taken him to every state in the continental United States, western Canada, Mexico, and Europe. The results of these remarkable odysseys are included in the permanent collections of over 125 museums in the United States, Europe, and Asia, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Art Institute of Chicago, Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
His commitment to the medium has resulted in over 200 exhibitions. In addition, he has twice received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and he has been the recipient of major commissions to photograph five American cities. In 1981, Smith’s first book, the two-volume monograph, Landscapes 1975–1979, was awarded Le Grand Prix du Livre at the Rencontres Internationale de la Photographie in Arles, France. At that time, the Swiss publication Print Letter commented, “For the first time in the 11 years of the Rencontres, a deserving book has won the book prize.”
Regular Hardbound Edition of 2750 Copies
176 reproductions, 192 pages
9 5/8″x 11″