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Moth and Bonelight

Jerry Uelsmann and 21st Editions
Silver edition, 25 copies
20 x 24 inches


21st Editions spent three days with Jerry Uelsmann looking at over 3000 finished works that span his entire fifty-year career. What emerged was a selection of ten exquisite photographs which Uelsmann painstakingly printed as original 16 x 20-inch silver gelatin prints exclusively for the massive 20 x 24-inch book. The aluminum binding by Daniel E. Kelm represents a new standard of innovative design as each individual “page” is completely removable. This allows the collector to frame any or all of the ten magnificent signed prints without compromising the integrity of the book’s unique structure. You may view all ten photographs at the 21st Editions site. The initial offering of twelve copies of the silver edition sold out within twenty-four hours. There is a platinum portfolio available from the publisher.

Published by 21st Editions.

Original silver gelatin prints by Jerry Uelsmann.

Poems by Steven Brown.

Introduction by John Wood.

Afterword by Lance Speer.

Text design by Michael Russem, Kat Ran Press.

Letterpress printing by Art Larson, Horton Tank Graphics.

Binding design by Daniel E. Kelm, produced by Kelm with Leah Hughes, Kylin Lee, Greta Sibley, and David Paffhausen.

Held in private collections.

You may request to see Moth and Bonelight at:

  • Rochester Institute of Technology, The Wallace Center, Cary Graphic Arts Collection

This page of the site gives you the opportunity to view some of what goes into creating a large and complicated project.

Use the buttons at the top left to view each set of images.

Kelm spent months inventing the binding structure for Moth and Bonelight. It took him and his loyal crew the better part of a year to produce the edition of two volumes x 25 copies. Here’s Daniel ready to inspect a pile of covers!

The books can be dismantled and reassembled by the owner—one or more prints removed without destroying the integrity of the binding. You can see how to take apart and put together the binding in image sets 10 and 11.