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Open Air: The charing landscape of 20th Century signage

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Publisher: G.F Smith
Publication: 2000, First Edition
Binding: Softcover, section sewn
Pages: 110
Size: 215 x 265
Text: English
Design: Elmwood

(Introduction) 'In December 1961, Typographica magazine ran a photo-essay entitled 'Street Level' - a collection of photographs taken by designer Robert Brownjohn on a walk round London. Referring to the pictures Brownjohn said 'They show what weather, wit, accident, lack of judgement, bad taste, bad spelling, necessity and good loud repetition can do to put a sort of music into the streets where we walk.' As documentation of times past, it retains both typographic and historic significance.

Now, almost 40 years later, 'OPEN AIR' - a contemporary collection of placards, posters, announcements, awnings, booths, banners and shopfronts photographed just on the turn of the millennium - tells a similar story from towns and cities round the world. Behind the project was the desire to capture public lettering at a point where the twin forces of commerce and convenience are forcing people to migrate to the mall, the out-of-town shopping complex and the laptop. There remains rough, haphazard beauty in much of what you would find in a typical walk round a typical town, and we hope this collection captures some of the charm, and the essence of the vernacular.'

Patrick Baglee, Chairman, The Typographic Circle May 2000

Condition: Very Good. All titles are used and show shelf ware consistent with age. Light rubbing to cover.

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