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 Boxed Deluxe Edition copies  which include 2 photographs—one Polaroid and one 8 x 8 inch gelatin silver print—housed in a custom 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

About the book

o   Staging Pictures: Early Polaroids by Robert Stivers
o   First edition
o   Foreword by Robert Flynn Johnson, Curator Emeritus, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
o   Linen hardcover with dust jacket
o   Foil stamping on cover, back and spine
o   9.25 inches x 8.25 inches
o   76 pages
o   40 full-color images, with a thumbnail index in back of book
o   Offset lithography by Arizona Lithographers
o   Binding by Roswell Bookbinders
o   © 2017 Robert Stivers and Dark Spring Press, Tucson, Arizona
o   All images © Robert Stivers; All Rights Reserved
o   Limited edition of 450 copies, each signed and numbered by the artist
o   Trade Edition (425 copies): $65.00
o   Deluxe Collector’s Edition, including the book with one unique Polaroid and one hand-printed gelatin silver photograph, both signed verso by the artist, presented in a custom archival box by Jace Graf of Cloverleaf Studio, Austin, Texas (25 copies): $1,150.00
o   ISBN: 978-0-9993408-1-3

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