Korea by Dave Heath
First Edition, First Printing
Limited Edition - 189 of 200
This is a first edition, first printing of the award winning photobook, “Korea” published by Lumiere Press, Toronto in 2004 with a limitation of 200 numbered copies this being number 189 . This is the 50th anniversary portfolio of Dave Heath’s photographs taken in Korea from 1953 to 1954. This limited edition of Heath’s landmark photos includes an essay and interview by Michael Torosian, who also designed this edition. The print quality and production provide a depth and kinetic energy to Heath’s photos that is absolutely spectacular. From the publisher, “Reviewing an exhibition of Dave Heath’s photographs from Korea, Jacob Deschin of the New York Times, wrote, in 1958, ‘Mr Heath is a relatively new photographer and truly a discovery. His pictures reveal compassion and understanding, penetration and a masterly use of the medium.’ Heath had photographed his fellow soldiers in the winter of 1953/54 – the early months of a tenuous truce – producing a suite of introspective portraits permeated with the malaise of war. It was a body of work that defined the young photographer as an artist. “The 1958 exhibition – a set of virtuoso prints – remained intact, and it is from this exquisite collection that Lumiere Press has shaped our new limited-edition book. Heath's reminiscences of Korea, along with an introductory essay by Michael Torosian, amplify the stunning portfolio of twenty-six black and white photographs and one never before seen colour image. "Korea" has been composed in the rare typeface Linotype Falcon, and printed letterpress on Biblio paper, a mould-made sheet. Heath's printmaking has been replicated through stochastic tri-tone lithography. The images have been printed on Utopia Premium paper and varnished. The book has been hand bound in Japanese Asahi bookcloth and Bugra mould-made paper, patterned in black and gold, over boards.”
Measuring approximately 7.5” x 9”, the book is bound in brown, black and gold covered boards (issued without a dust jacket) and and includes 1 four-color plate and 25 duotone plates plus an additional duotone print affixed to an inner page. The colophon page contains the hand numbered limitation of 189 of 200. The book is in FINE condition.
The Alcuin Society awarded “Korea” first prize in 2004 for Excellence in Book Design.
Photographs of the book as well as images contained in the book appear in the photo section of the listing.