Title: BLISS: PERFECT FOR COUPLES! IDEAL FOR ...
Publisher: London, England: Chris Boot Limited, 2003
Binding: Soft cover
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: None, As Issued
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. Unpaginated. Published in 2003. The photographer's selections from his postcard collection on subject. The first and only edition. Published in a small and limited first print run as a softcover original only. Part of an ongoing and extremely popular Series. The First Edition is now scarce. An elegant production by Martin Parr and Frost Design London: Regular-sized volume format. Pictorial softcovers with colorful titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Postcards from various sources. All of the original postcards are part of the photographer's personal collection. Preface by Martin Parr. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Martin Parr's "Bliss". Say cheesy. "A wonderfully outdated vision of domestic happiness in shamelessly idealised images of romantic lovers and perfect families. Celebrates the postcard and the end of an era of innocence". Apart from having one of the largest private collections of photography books, Parr is also known for his huge postcard collection. He is the photographer-as-collector par excellence. But even the most cursory glance at the images in this collection, with their bright colors, nostalgic glow, and genuinely felt emotion will see the similarity, not just the connection, with Martin Parr's singular aesthetic of affectionate ambivalence. Roland Barthes once called photography as the nostalgic art and as such, it is inescapably "kitsch" (Barthes' word) in the best sense of the word. Martin Parr clearly shares Barthes' complex feelings for and understanding of his chosen art. Parr's oblique, indirect, and witty approach leaves a strong aftertaste. An absolute "must-have" title for Martin Parr collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Martin Parr. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is now collectible. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the First Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. The most influential and most important British photographer of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER MARTIN PARR TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0954281330. Bookseller Inventory # 12097
Synopsis: Following Martin Parr's celebrated Boring Postcards series, a new installment of his bizarre postcard collection. Domestic icons in a Catholic tradition, these cards were produced in the countries of Southern Europe during the 1970s, showing shamelessly idealized photographs of romantic lovers--frolicking in the hills, holding hands in the sunset, staring dreamily into each others eyes--and of perfect families--greeting Dad after work, in the kitchen baking a cake with Mom, singing together at the piano... A revealing social-historical document and very funny, for all fans of Martin Parr and connoisseurs of photographic kitsch.
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