New York: Film Culture, 1976. Side-stapled. 8 1⁄2 x 11 in.  pp. Full-page illustrations throughout, and several paper stocks utilized. Very good; a few spots of mild discoloration to rear wrap, and wear at spine, including small cracks to top and bottom fore-edge. Item #5933
Brakhage’s treatise on filmmaking, seeing, and subjectivity, originally published as the Fall 1963 issue of Film Culture in corrugated cardboard wraps designed by George Maciunas. This edition, with a slightly different layout and new wraps also designed by Maciunas, is the only printing of the book to appear until the recent annotated reprint published by Anthology Film Archives and Light Industry in 2017.
Confident and idiosyncratic, this collection of essays begins: “Imagine an eye unruled by man-made laws of perspective, an eye unprejudiced by compositional logic, an eye which does not respond to the name of everything, but which must know each object encountered in life through an adventure of perception. How many colors are there in a field of grass to the crawling baby unaware of ‘Green’?’”
Exploring his creative process, inspirations, limits and possibilities of filmmaking by centering the connection between his art output and his love for his wife, children, and friends, this work is a deep dive into the film medium, and a complex and rich text.