Title: PIERRE MOLINIER, LUI-MEME ("PIERRE MOLINIER,...
Publisher: Munich, Germany: Rogner & Bernhard, 1972
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. 90 pages. Published in 1972. Artist Book. One of the greatest art photography books of the 20th century. Limited Edition of 2000 copies. Published as a hardcover original only. The Limited Edition is now rare. An austerely beautiful production by Pierre Molinier and Rogner & Bernhard: Regular-sized volume format. Black cloth boards with black titles embossed on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs and photographic tableaux by Pierre Molinier. Essay by Peter Gorsen. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in Munich, Germany to the highest standards. In publisher's original paper wrappers. In glassine DJ, as issued. Presents "Pierre Molinier, Lui-Meme". A masterpiece: Himself, in some of the most hauntingly beautiful auto-erotic photographs ever taken by an artist/photographer who was truly ahead of his time. The challenge Molinier poses is fundamental: Is he an artist or not? That is to say, his fetishism can be easily dismissed and its transcendent beauty denied. His is the work of someone who was, on the outside, a conventionally handsome and refined French gentleman. His unsettling work, which he produced for his own private pleasure, belies this mask and rejects it. Because he also created remarkable etchings and paintings, Pierre Molinier did not think of himself primarily as a photographer, but rather as an artist who fully realized his vision through photography. He shot carefully staged photographic tableaux that utilized mannequins and other props. The latter reminds us of his obsession with sex as pure fantasy, as something which begins and ends as a fantasy that can never be achieved in reality. In the process, he created some of the most disturbingly beautiful photographs of the 20th century. Molinier proves that the erotic (as opposed to the pornographic) is ultimately about beauty (rather than about sex), an aesthetic (rather than a sexual) experience. Lucas Samaras, Helmut Newton, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Ellen von Unwerth, among many others, would not be possible without Molinier's pioneering example. An absolute "must-have" title for Pierre Molinier collectors. This title is a great photography book. This is one of very few copies of the Limited Edition still available online, is still in the publisher's original paper wrappers, and is especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: We have not seen a more beautiful copy of a book that is usually found with major flaws. A rare copy thus. 50 plates. Selected as one of the "Seminal Photography Books of the 20th Century" in the "Book of 101 Books". One of the greatest artist/photographers of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. ISBN 3920802950. Bookseller Inventory # 14327
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