Title: ICE: PHOTOGRAPHS BY ANTOINE D'AGATA - Rare ...
Publisher: Marseilles, France: Images En Manoeuvres Editions, 2012
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: None, As Issued
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 288 pages. Published in 2012. Artist Book. One of the most beautiful erotic art photography books of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. An austerely elegant production by Antoine D'Agata and Andre Frere: Regular-sized volume format. Pictorial hard boards with white titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Antoine D'Agata. Text by Antoine D'Agata and Rafael Garido. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in Marseilles, France to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Antoine D'Agata's "Ice". His most personal collection yet. Non-stop "sex-cum-drug session" photographs that are rivetingly interspersed with feverish text: Emails, excerpts culled from other writers (notably, William T. Vollmann), and most poignantly, the full transcripts of D'Agata's conversations with Ka, his Vietnamese sex partner and lover. "Ice" is, of course, metamphetamine, "crystal meth". "A disturbing testimony, showing the commitment of a photographer documenting drug-generated fictions. In December 2007, Antoine D'Agata arrives in Phnom Penh and falls in love with Ka, a Vietnamese prostitute, and a dealer also. In January 2008, they begin to share a small and dirty flat downtown. Here starts the oblivion. The addiction to methamphetamine takes over the photographic work and the frontiers between fiction and reality start to melt" (Publisher's blurb). Antoine D'Agata's painterly photographs recall both the agony of Francis Bacon's distorted figures and the delirium of Pierre Molinier's self-portraits. A member of Magnum, D'Agata's evocation of "49% pain/51% pleasure" could not be more worlds apart from the documentary style identified with the Agency. "It's not how a photographer looks at the world that is important. It's their intimate relationship with it" (Antoine D'Agata). An absolute "must-have" title for Antoine D'Agata collectors. This copy is very boldly, elaborately, and beautifully signed, placed, and dated (in the year of publication) in white pen-marker on the front free endpaper by the artist/photographer: "Antoine D'Agata Marseilles 2012". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. D'Agata's signature is a work of art in and of itself. This title is a contemporary erotic art photography classic. This is one of very few such signed, placed, and dated copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. 308 color plates. One of the most brilliant artist/photographers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ANTOINE D'AGATA TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 2849952052. Bookseller Inventory # 17592
Synopsis: Controversial French photographer Antoine DAgata presents an immersive, dark and highly graphic portrayal of drug addiction, prostitution and sex in photos, text and transcripts. A firsthand account of pain, alienation, and survival, it follows the lives of several individuals in various cities São Paulo, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Phnom Pehn, Bombay, Manila while intimately exploring individual motivations, fears, desires and self-destructive trajectories. According to DAgata, the images express the indefinable and unbearable beauty of keeping alive, physically, mentally and emotionally, for those who dont own anything but their own bodies and sell them to survive.
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