Title: THE GEOMETRY OF INNOCENCE: THE LIMITED ...
Publisher: Ostfildern-ruit, Germany: Hatje Cantz Publishers, 2001
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: None, As Issued
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 128 pages. Published in 2001. Collection of photographs. One of the most important art photography books of our time. Limited Slipcased Edition of 50 copies. Precedes, is superior to, and should not be confused with the regular trade edition. They have the same ISBN. The Limited Edition is now rare. A brilliant production by Ken Schles: Oversize-volume format. Black cloth boards with black titles embossed on the spine, as issued. Photographs and Manifesto/Essay by Ken Schles. The title comes from the lyrics of Bob Dylan's "Tombstone Blues". Text fragments by Franz Kafka, Ralph Ellison, Walter Lippmann, and Italo Calvino. Original 8 X 10 inch photographic print matted, framed, and laid into its own black cloth folder. Matching black cloth slipcase. Printed on thick, glossy stock paper in Germany to the highest standards. Presents Ken Schles' "The Geometry of Innocence". His ambitious second collection. There is something disturbing and uncompromising about each image, by itself and in the context of the collection's relentlessness. Schles' point is that we should not be distracted but instead be completely immersed. If "Invisible City" is almost claustrophobically inward-looking, "The Geometry of Innocence" looks outward, at the larger world, and sees both good and bad, cause for hope, and reason for despair. Schles also has a didactic purpose, articulated in his Manifesto/Essay, which is "must-reading" for anyone uncritically enamored of photography (this includes many serious photographers and critics). While his essay is critical about photography, Schles is obviously not against photography. Indeed, the latter stance would be self-defeating because even the most subversive, "anti-photographic" photograph can be easily coopted by the system to reinforce unjust social structures and feed an insatiable and corrupt mass culture. Instead, he is for a photography that somehow retains its subversive power and empowers people given the fact that "we are formed by a flawed society. Yet, however boldly or tenuously we engage our lives, we love, we hate, we struggle" (Ken Schles). An absolute "must-have" title for Ken Schles collectors. This copy is one of the Limited Slipcased Edition, indicated as such on the Back Copyright Page. It comes with an 8 X 10 inch original photographic print that is very prominently and beautifully numbered, titled, and signed in pencil on verso by the photographer: "Ken Schles The End of the World From The Geometry of Innocence 43/50". This title is a contemporary art photography classic. As far as we know, this is one of only two copies of the Limited Edition still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. Please note: The other copy apparently has a major publisher's creasing flaw that is not at all present in this copy. A rare signed copy thus. 106 color, 87 duotone plates, 1 original print. One of the most brilliant photographers of our time. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER KEN SCHLES TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 3775710116. Bookseller Inventory # 15593
Synopsis: Twelve years after the legendary success of his first book of photographs, Invisible City, Ken Schles returns with his long-awaited sophomore effort, The Geometry of Innocence. Schles's focus is on the relentless shifting of social structures and spaces that mark the urban landscape of today. His images form a kind of visual roller coaster, sending the viewer onto city streets and playgrounds, into pubs and bars, putting the viewer inside a police helicopter and taking them to death row, hospital rooms, and police interventions. While there is no "story" per se, this breathless sequence of pictures is condensed into thematic clusters, providing a spellbinding and almost physically palpable experience. The works in The Geometry of Innocence address and play upon the immediacy and relativity of meaning in the photographic image, creating a bold and highly nuanced artistic statement.
About the Author: Award-winning photographer, writer, and film director Ken Schles lives and works in New York. His work has appeared in most major national and international magazines, and on numerous CD jackets. His work is represented in the collections of such museums as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art.
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