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    Bob Seidemann (American, b. 1941)
    The Airplane as Art (portfolio of 302 photographs), 1986-1997 (one taken in 2000)
    Gelatin silver
    Most approx. 13 x 13 inches (33.0 x 33.0 cm)
    All 302 signed, dated, editioned in pencil and with copyright stamp on verso. 75 of the portraits signed by the sitter in ink in the image and 61 of these additionally signed by the sitter in pencil on the verso. Contained in three matching grey clamshell portfolio boxes with silver-stamped titles on the covers and printed title lists within. The signed portraits no. 8 of an edition of 10, the other portraits and airplane studies no. 8 from an edition of 20.

    One of the most ambitious photography portfolio projects of the last 100 years. A visual who's who and overview of the aviation industry in the last six decades of the 20th century. Portraits include chief engineers and designers, corporate presidents, WW-II aces¸ flying aerobatic teams and test pilots, astronauts and cosmonauts, flight and maintenance crews. Airplane studies include views of commercial, military and experimental aircraft as well as the space shuttle, airplane graveyards, views from the air, cockpits, flying aerobatic teams in formation, aircraft carriers and abstract details of aircraft.

    Though Bob Seidemann graduated from the Manhattan High School of Aviation Trades, a school for those looking to become aircraft engineers, he went on to earn a reputation as one of the most respected rock 'n' roll photographers of his generation.

    He was never captivated by the music, though, nor by the characters who peopled the industry during the 1960s and '70s. Instead, throughout the years he spent photographing the likes of Janis Joplin and the Grateful Dead, he was always more enamored by the comparatively unassuming yet visionary men who designed and created airplanes.

    It was this lifelong personal passion that inspired one of the largest photography portfolio projects of the 20th century. A true homage to what Seidemann once described as the quintessential manifestation of our humanness - tool making.

    Two sets of The Airplane as Art have found homes at the J. Paul Getty Museum and, fittingly, the Boeing Company.



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    In overall excellent condition.  Complete lists of titles available upon request.

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