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Mel Bochner: Misunderstandings (A Theory of Photography)

Published by Multiples Inc.

From the Artists & Photographs Box, 1970

Offset lithograph on 10 preprinted notecards in printed envelope

Notecards: 4 3/4 x 8 in. (12.1 x 20.3 cm) (each)

Envelope: 5 15/16 x 9 in. (15.1 x 22.9 cm)

Edition of 1200

unsigned, unnumbered

Misunderstandings (A Theory of Photography) was designed by Conceptual artist Mel Bochner as part of the boxed set of artists’ books entitled Artists & Photographs. Bochner’s contribution to this set was inspired by his research into the medium’s history. Finding little material of theoretical value, Bochner began gathering quotations of misunderstandings regarding photography which form the basis for the title and the content of this book. Misunderstandings comprises ten individual sheets loose within a plain brown envelope. Nine of the sheets inside are facsimiles of quotations handwritten on index cards. To add to the confusion of the misunderstandings, Bochner made up three fake quotes which are also included. Artists & Photographs was intended to have an edition size of around 1200 copies, but only about 200 were actually fabricated. Additional information and images at Boreas Fine Art.

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