Michael A. Smith - Landscapes: 1975–1979

Michael A. Smith - Landscapes: 1975–1979


Landscapes: 1975–1979
A Book of Photographs by Michael A.Smith

Introduction by James L. Enyeart

(Two-Volume set)


(Best Photography Book of the Year)
Rencontres Internationale de la Photographie, Arles, France, July 1981

Volume I: 42 full-size reproductions from 8x10-inch negatives, 110 pages, 11"x13" 

Volume II: 15 full-size reproductions from 8x20-inch negatives, 52 pages, 11"x23" 

An original photograph (a gelatin silver chloride contact print) is tipped-in as the frontispiece in Volume I.

Originally planned as a limited edition of 1,000 signed and numbered sets. Due to an accident at the bindery, 400 sets were ruined. The edition ended at 600 sets.

Publication: 1981

Only one set remains.

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Comments from the Reviewers


For the first time in the eleven years of the Rencontres Internationale de la Photographie, the award for the best book published during the past year was a satisfactory choice.

Marco Misano, Printletter

Michael A. Smith's Landscapes is among the most stupendous of all twentieth-century photography books.

Estelle Jussim, Boston Review

Certainly there have been few photographic books made with such care and elegance since P. H. Emerson's limited edition volumes at the end of the nineteenth century.

Stephen Perloff, Photo Review

. . . a fine example of the book as art, will be a valuable addition to art and rare book collections.

Susan Wyngaard, Arlis/NA Newsletter

. . . the most beautiful photographic book ever published.

Clint Willour, Museum Director; panel moderator, Conference on Collecting, Houston