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William Eggleston: Los Alamos Revisited [Hardcover]

William Eggleston , Mark Holborn
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15 Oct 2012
Los Alamos Revisited contains the definitive edit of William Egglestons celebrated Los Alamos series, and closes a fascinating photographic story that began in the mid-1960s. Between 1965 and 1974 William Eggleston and Walter Hopps drove together through the USA, Eggleston taking photographs, Hopps at the wheel. During these travels the title Los Alamos was born. More than thirty years later Eggleston, Hopps, Caldecot Chubb and the photographers son Winston Eggleston edited the photographs into a set of five portfolio boxes of dye-transfer prints. Hoppss original vision was to create a vast Los Alamos exhibition, but the negatives became separated, with Hopps retaining only about half. He later returned what was thought to be the remaining negatives to the Eggleston Artistic Trust in Memphis where they were catalogued as Box #17. Yet after Hoppss death in 2005 another long-lost box of negatives was discovered. These were catalogued as Box #83 and documented in a hand-made reference book called Lost and Found Los Alamos. In 2011, the photographers son William Eggleston III and Mark Holborn reviewed the now complete set of negatives, finalizing the sequence with Winston Eggleston at Steidl in 2012. Los Alamos Revisited presents this sequence in its entirety, and updates the 2003 Scalo book Los Alamos.

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  • Hardcover: 584 pages
  • Publisher: Steidl; Slp edition (15 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3869305320
  • ISBN-13: 978-3869305325
  • Product Dimensions: 45.2 x 40.9 x 14.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 415,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Umm Eggleston is very much still alive. 21 Sep 2013
By Ross
I just wanted to point out that despite other comments on here, Eggleston is still alive and therefore the images in this revisited edition would have either been his selection or been approved by him.

Unfortunately I haven't been able to afford this yet and therefore can't comment on its quality. The 5 star rating is because I was forced to include one and anything that leads more people to discover Eggleston is fine by me.
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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful package, not his best work 20 Feb 2013
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As one might expect, this is a product for the Eggleston completist and I couldn't resist it.

However, as so often happens with a great artist, after their death their Estate operates a less exacting eye than the artist did in their lifetime.

This is interesting because it probably shows what Eggleson most probably edited out of his work, and how crucial the ability to picture edit is to a photographer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous volume of Eggleston...fabulous. Packing left much to be desired. 7 Nov 2012
By StreetShot - Published on Amazon.com
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The book, all three of them, represent an amazing volume of work from Eggleston. And if I were asked which body of work from him is my favorite I think this would rank at or near the top...I'm still getting through Chromes.

An aside, but an important one if you decide to order from Amazon. My book was ordered when first available at Amazon and took several months before it finally shipped. The not so pretty part was the complete lack of care given to packing this large, heavy and expensive book. And yes, it was damaged when it arrived...the shipping department tossed the book into a box inappropriately large for the book and threw in some air filled pillows. The box was given its usual throttling in the UPS system and arrived predictably effed up...it didn't have a prayer. My chat with customer service was less than satisfactory - they would replace it but informed me it would be over 3 months.

Sorry, if you are reading this to learn whether to buy the book or not. Let me say if you know what the work is about and are considering the book then just get it as you won't be disappointed. If you're looking for the book to be given care in packing for shipping you would be well to lower that expectation. Its a dice roll.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars first! 30 Oct 2012
By QED - Published on Amazon.com
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just received the set and am still working my way through it. first impressions. the print and image quality are excellent; up to the same standards Steidl set with their other Eggleston books. and the set is a pretty heroic feat for both Steidl and the Eggleston family (who edited images and sequence): at 588 pages there are a staggering number of photos here. almost more than can be digested, even taking the volumes one by one. comparing Los Alamos Revisited with the original, I'm struck by the differences in narrative impact--there's an open question for me as to whether too many photos is just too many, that the punch of the original publication has much to do with its limited number of images and the expanded version loses something in the dilution.

but, a minor pt. I'm happy to have a new trove of previously unpublished images, and I'm betting--given that the images were carefully sequenced in Revisited and reflect the story William Eggleston wants to tell---reading Revisited is intended to be a very different qualitative experience. maybe comparing the original and expanded versions is just apples and oranges. I'm curious to hear others weigh in.

short version: if you're considering purchasing this, cost aside--definitely do.

also, per the editor's note at the end of the third volume Steidl is planning to publish a 5-volume set of The Democratic Camera next Fall. And I'd heard the Eggleston family is reviewing the Election Eve portfolio for possible future publication (the Gagosian Gallery recently exhibited new dye transfers from the series). so, it looks like all parties are in for the long haul and fans can look forward to a wealth of never-before seen photos for the next few years. always a cool thing.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Color 26 Sep 2013
By Buffy - Published on Amazon.com
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"Los Alamos Revisited" is a worthy successor to the wonderful "Chromes" set published in 2011. When the now shorter version of the Los Alamos book was originally released the publisher's description noted that the images were "shot in Eggleston's native Memphis and on countless road trips across the American South from 1964 to 1968 and from 1972 to 1974. Initially, Eggleston wanted to create a vast compendium of more than 2000 photographs to be contained in 20 volumes; he wanted the viewer to look at the photographs the way one looks at the world. He eventually abandoned this project--and hardly any of the negatives were ever printed." That book was 224 pages. This new collection is 588 pages and brings us the closest to what Eggleston originally imagined and is a visual treat. The printing, binding and presentation are all first class and well worth the price. Highly recommended.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Costly but hell yes, worth it! 2 Jan 2014
By fceexp1 - Published on Amazon.com
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Pushed into the deep part of my wallet to get this puppy and glad I did, especially now that the price has just about $120 more than when I bought it a few weeks ago. This book is a monster and now sits with its brother, Chromes. Take your time and you will be rewarded. Skip quickly and you were think you spent a lot of cash on a bunch of snapshots. I'm a huge fan of classic black and white, but Eggleston has shown me why color is powerful when in the hands of someone who knows why.

Packaging issues - none...the folks at amazon have fixed this issue and copy was very well protected.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Really Magnificent Work 30 Nov 2013
By DRT - Published on Amazon.com
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As an object, it's up to Steidl's usual high standards and the images are mesmerizing -- the uniqueness of Eggleston vision really registers when seen in groups and this is a REALLY BIG GROUP. At 588 pages and 19 pounds, this three volume set isolates the visual quirks that most of us miss. The Russian Formalist literary critic Viktor Shklovsky developed the concept of defamiliarization and it certainly applies to the strangeness of the everyday world that Eggleston has captured. I spent hours with the book yesterday and can't wait to get back to it today. As a photo professor with keen interest in photobooks, I can't wait to share it with my students -- it impresses me and I bet it will even penetrate the skulls of my super-cool Neo-Milliennials.

One reviewer complained about bad packaging of his copy. I'm happy to report that my copy was packed with the care that any valuable object should receive. The slipcase was contained in a custom-sized corrugated box within a corrugated shipping box packed by Steidl. The Steidl box was was inside a third corrugated box packed by Amazon. It arrived in the same pristine condition as it left Steidl.
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