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Thursday, April 26, 2007

Gone Again

Apparently John Szarkowski's Looking At Photographs: 100 Pictures from the Museum of Modern Art is now once again out of print—Amazon was not able to fill a recent order for a friend. I've removed the link from the list of books here on the site. This is one of the great books of delectation and erudition—I hope you got yours while you had the chance.

Posted by: MIKE JOHNSTON

10 Comments:

Blogger sircarl said...

I got a copy last fall when I visited the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. They might have some left, even if it is out of print.

12:27 AM  
Blogger Srdjan said...

Mike,

I know that things i'm going to suggest are wrong but what about scanning "Looking at the photographs" book and putting it onto web as PDF?

1:55 AM  
Blogger Mike Johnston said...

srdjan,
That would be a pretty egregious copyright violation. The book's been in print several times. I'm sure it will be back in print again sometime in the future.

--Mike

7:19 AM  
Blogger adamei said...

I tried to order as well the day you recommended it and after several months they finally informed me yesterday they couldn't get it. The did list 2 associated vendors who claimed to have it. One of them was offering it for $30-odd (more than double Amazon's original offer price) which I declined given that I hadn't limited myself to 1 book when I initially ordered and I like being married. But, still, others might be interested at that price.
Adam

7:30 AM  
Blogger cwdavis said...

Check www.abe.com for this book.

Advance Bookseller's Exchange is a network of used book dealers. They currently show 10 copies of the book, in the USA and Europe.

I have no affiliation with ABE, other than as a satisfied customer.

CW Davis

7:58 AM  
Blogger Dibutil Ftalat said...

Just checked my order at Amazon which I made the same day the book was mentioned here. It says `Delivery estimate: June 11, 2007 - June 18, 2007`. They did not decline it yet.

9:02 AM  
Blogger ilachina said...

There are occassionally a few "stray" copies standing on the shelves (remarkably!) at local Borders (for example the one in Springfield, VA).

10:56 AM  
Blogger Srdjan said...

Mike,

I know that it would be copyright violation but some knowledge should be free but so small edition of book that has so many potential readers is violation of common sense for me. I know that many photography lovers would download it but also buy it when it becomes available.

To be honest i didn't expect that you would alow my comment because it's just my thought and thank you for not understanding me wrong. Thank you.

1:16 PM  
Blogger Roy said...

Phew, I'm glad I had the foresight to buy my copy 27 years ago...

Seriously though, this is one of those books that never goes out of date. I sincerely hope the publishers re-issue it again soon judging by the prices being asked for second-hand copies.

5:43 PM  
Blogger smills said...

srdjan: "some knowledge should be free"

Well, see, there're these places called libraries, and they let you read books for free. Imagine that!

The Denver public library, for example, has 7 copies of "Looking at Photographs".

2:14 PM  

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