The Lines of My Hand
I have come home and I'm looking through the window. Outside it's snowing, no waves at all. The beach is white, the fence posts are gray. I'm looking back at a world now gone forever. Thinking of a time that will never return. A book of photographs is looking at me. Twenty-five years of looking for the right road. Postcards from everywhere. If there are any answers I have lost them. -- Robert Frank
Lustrum Press, 1972.
4to.; profusely illustrated in b&w; stiff pictorial wrappers; near fine.
First American edition. Originally published in 1972 by Yugensha, Tokyo, this edition was brought out later the same year by Ralph Gibson's Lustrum Press in this softbound edition. As Parr and Badger explain in The Photobook: A History, "If Lustrum had done nothing except make this cheap edition of the Japanese book available, it would have been contribution enough to the history of the photobook...In many ways The Lines of My Hand can be regarded as the apotheosis of stream-of-consciousness photography...."