From Thea Traff’s piece for The New Yorker:
In 2009, New York-based writer and critic Lyle Rexer wrote “The Edge of Vision: The Rise of Abstraction in Photography,” the only English-language book to chronicle the history of abstraction in photography. Aperture, the publisher, printed a limited number of copies at the time of the book’s release. “It’s a tough sell when you’re not showing people what’s familiar to them,” Rexer said. In the years after the publication of “Vision,” Rexer, who had begun teaching at School of Visual Arts, in New York City, was inundated with messages from artists—established photographers and students alike—who were looking to get their hands on copy of the book. In response to this enthusiasm, Aperture recently decided to release a paperback edition, which came out last week.