Dark Spring Press

Independent Publisher of Small Run & Limited Edition Photography Books

Staging Pictures:Early Polaroids by Robert Stivers

...ghostly black and white images whose theatricality smartly complements their mystery.
— The New Yorker

Dark Spring Press presents our second book, Staging Pictures: Early Polaroids by Robert Stivers. This first edition is limited to only 450 signed and numbered copies, including 25 Deluxe Edition copies which include two photographs — one Polaroid and one 8 x 8 inch gelatin silver print — housed in a custom clamshell box. 

Staging Pictures: Early Polaroids by Robert Stivers, the artist’s sixth book, focuses on his working Polaroid prints, shot with a Hasselblad Polaroid back for instant proofing of lighting and composition of his subjects. The artist then transformed these proof prints into experimental works in themselves with addition of marks, color, scratching, burning and the use of mixed media. These Polaroids from the 1980’s and 90’s lend insight into the working process of the artist, and reveal early glimpses of the subjects that inspired Stivers to create his fine art photographs.

Stivers is an unabashed romantic in his artistic vision. He uses light, shadow, tone, and texture to create a visual tension to permeate his images with an air of mystery.  As in so much provocative art, Stivers’ photographs put forward questions rather than provide answers.
— Robert Flynn Johnson, Curator Emeritus of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
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About the book

Staging Pictures: Early Polaroids by Robert Stivers
photographs by Robert Stivers


First Edition, 2017
Foreword by Robert Flynn Johnson, Curator Emeritus, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Limited edition of 450 copies
offset lithography
linen hardcover with dust jacket
foil stamping on cover, back and spine
with a thumbnail index in back of book
signed & numbered
9 1/4 x 8 1/4 inches
76 pages
40 full-color images on black pages
ISBN: 978-0-9993408-1-3

Trade Edition (425 copies): $65.00

Deluxe Book + Print set
Includes the book with one unique Polaroid and one hand-printed gelatin silver print created by the artist, both signed verso by the artist, presented in a custom clamshell box
with a folio insert for the photographs
designed by Jace Graf of Cloverleaf Studio
more images here

Deluxe Edition (25 sets): $1,500

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