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Nude and fetish images with a couple of celebrity portraits; the true first edition of the popular Kern title. Photographs by Richard Kern; foreword by Lydia Lunch; interview by Kim Gordon. Color and b&w full-page plates throughout; 9 x 11.5 inches.
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Book Description Purr Books, London, 1995. Softcover. Condition: New. First Edition. Marfree, acidfree SCORCHING FULL COLOR 1stEd collectable; no names, not marked-in, underscored, clearance or discard. Mails from NYC usually within 12 hours.; 0.6 x 11.5 x 9 Inches; 260 pages; ™ "The Noh Hare™" (Warren, MI USA) - At first glance it is tempting to see Richard Kern as an imitator of Eric Kroll. This is hardly the case, but the comparison is inevitable. Both are New York photographers who specialize in fetish work, primarily photographing women. Both have a good sense of graphic imagery. In truth, though, the similarities end at the surface. Their intent and approach are radically different.Kroll has a strong background in commercial and fashion photography which gives his images a more glitzy, mainstream look. Kern came to New York and immediately fell in with the extreme sex crowd. He spent his early years publishing little, Xeroxed magazines and making short films with such dark stars as Lydia Lunch, Nick Zedd and Cassandra Stark. In a sense, "New York Girls," marks a shift closer to mainstream fetish work.These are harsh, revealing images. His color work reminds me a bit of Nan Goldin, but his black and white images are uniquely his own. The sexuality is blatant, sometimes erotic and sometimes not. There is a profound alienation in his images. These are people being sexual to and for themselves. They rarely meet the viewer's eyes. When they do face the camera it is to issue a challenge, to dare the viewer to cross the line into a solipsistic universe of tension and release.Many of the photographs are haunting. There seem to be layers of content that keep the viewer's attention for hours. If you haven't encountered Kern's work before or a looking for the right collection of fetish work you will find this and excellent introduction to photography's more challenging visions. Seller Inventory # 23695
Book Description Purr Books, 1995. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1900106108
Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # STR-1900106108