Title: BRUCE CRATSLEY: WHITE LIGHT SILENT SHADOWS -...
Publisher: Santa Fe, NM: Arena Editions, 1998
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. 168 pages. Published in 1998. Retrospective collection of photographs. One of the most beautiful 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. An austerely elegant production by Bruce Cratsley and James Crump: Oversize-volume format. Purple cloth boards with silver titles on spine, as issued. Photographs by Bruce Cratsley. Texts by Barbara Head Millstein, Julia Van Haaften, Sherry Suris, and Elsa Dorfman. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ, which features one of the photographer's most celebrated images, and titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Bruce Cratsley's "White Light Silent Shadows". His highly personal and poetic work. As the title suggests, Cratsley's oeuvre is about the mysteries of light and shadow, whether the subjects be still lifes, cityscapes, urban street scenes, male nudes, or intimate portraits of friends and lovers. Encompasses the period between 1972 and 1997, when the life-defining event in the photographer's life was that he contracted AIDS, and somehow survived, unlike his close friend Peter Hujar, who died in 1987. Hujar was the first to see Cratsley's talent and persuaded him to study with Lisette Model at the New School For Social Research. Influenced by Eugene Atget and Andre Kertesz and inspired by the work of Model, who became his mentor, the work took on a more urgent and at the same time more poignant tone in its final phase, as Cratsley, still struggling with AIDS, persevered to communicate life's ultimate potential and fragility, its vibrancy and mortality. "Love and work become antidotes to illness, worry, and pain" (Bruce Cratsley). Bruce Cratsley died of AIDS in 1998, at the age of 53 and shortly after this book was finished and published. An absolute "must-have" title for Bruce Cratsley collectors. This title is a contemporary art photography classic. This is one of few 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 scarce copy thus. 143 duotone plates. One of the finest American photographers of the 20th century. A fine copy. ISBN 0965728056. Bookseller Inventory # 19112
Synopsis: For over two decades artist Bruce Cratsley has produced a personal, and highly poetic body of work with the dominant theme being the mysteries of light and shadow. Cratsleys images of inanimate objects, urban street scenes, and portraits of friends and lovers, possess a metaphysical peculiarity. Whether it be Cratsleys haunting streets of Paris or New York, or light falling onto and through a window, we are often reminded of Eugne Atget, Andr Kertsz, or Cratleys mentor and friend, Lisette Model. But Cratleys personal aesthetic is moored to contemporary concerns, issues of the spirit and mortality. Having been struck by AIDS, Cratsleys work of the previous ten years possesses greater immediacy. His intimate approach to the portrait, reminds us again of lifes ultimate potential, and fragility. Although they have a quality uniquely their own, these pictures call to mind the work of Peter Hujar, another guru, as well as that of David Armstrong. This definitive retrospective monograph encompasses the period 1976 through 1996, and includes representative images from every genre Cratsley pursued.
About the Author: Bruce Cratsley (1944-1998) was a consummate New Yorker and participant in that citys art scene throughout the 70s, 80s, and 90s. Cratsley held several positions as a curator and gallerist before dedicating himself entirely to photography. In the early 1970s he befriended Peter Hujar who encouraged him to pursue art, and later in 1972 he studied with Lisette Model (1906-1983) at the New School for Social Research. Cratsleys work is in numerous private and institutional collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and the Bibliothque National, Paris.
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