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COWBOY CODE - Rare Pristine Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing: Signed, Placed, And Dated by Wouter Deruytter

Deruytter, Wouter (Artist/Photographer) & Wood, John (Contributor)

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ISBN 10: 1892041340 / ISBN 13: 9781892041340
Published by Santa Fe, NM: Arena Editions, 2000
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1st Printing. Signed. 148 pages. Published in 2000. The photographer's fourth collection. Wouter Deruytter's very first title to be published in the United States. The first and only edition. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. A brilliant production by James Crump and Elsa Kendall: Oversize-volume format. Brown cloth boards with titles embossed on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Wouter Deruytter. Essay, "Youthful Elegance and the Masks of Destiny", by the great photography critic and scholar John Wood. Printed on pristine-whtie, thick uncoated stock paper by EBS in Verona, Italy to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Wouter Deruytter's "Cowboy Code". The immensely talented Belgian photographer's loving homage to the American cowboy and his way of life. The great American writer Annie Proulx ("Brokeback Mountain") has convincingly suggested that the cowboy may have a steady girlfriend or full-fledged wife, but his deepest bonds are with other men. Wouter Deruytter studied with Nan Goldin, Duane Michals, and Bruce Weber, and has steadily gained a considerable reputation in Europe. This book was intended in part to gain recognition for him in the United States. "Well-known for his images of people in the masks and costumes of their identities, from the time-traveling duo McDermott & McGough to drag queens to circus performers, Deruytter has turned his attention to the American West. For the past three summers, he has been photographing cowboys and small town rodeos in Montana. The rodeo cowboy is an omnipresent image in American culture, a modern-day folk hero and the subject of plays, movies, television, novels and all the other arts. But in these photographs from small, non-commercial rodeos, Deruytter brings to light a more homemade image than what we have become accustomed to. Deruytter's cowboys are not one-dimensional anachronisms: They tell a great mythic tale but they also suggest several historical parallels and force us to remember vanishing things we like to think of as permanent American values. They carefully document the small-town rodeo and ultimately they exude a sensuality and youthful elegance these cowboys may not be aware of. These are eloquent and sensual images that bring to light another side of the cowboy myth in America" (John Wood). An absolute "must-have" title for Wouter Deruytter collectors. This copy is very boldly and elaborately signed, placed, and dated (in the year of publication) in blue pen on the title page by the photographer: "Wouter Deruytter NYC 2000". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a contemporary photography classic. This is one of very few such signed 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. 70 duotone plates. One of the most brilliant artist/photographer of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER WOUTER DERUYTTER TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 1892041340. Bookseller Inventory # 11471

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Title: COWBOY CODE - Rare Pristine Copy of The ...

Publisher: Santa Fe, NM: Arena Editions, 2000

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition.

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Belgian photographer Wouter Deruytter is well-known for his images of people in the masks and costumes of their identities-from the time-traveling duo McDermott & McGough, to drag queens, to circus performers, and on and on. Now Deruytter has turned his attention to the American West-for the past three summers he has been photographing cowboys and small town rodeos in Montana. The rodeo cowboy is an omnipresent image in American culture, a modern day folk hero and the subject of plays, movies, television, novels, and all the other arts. But in these photographs from small, non-commercial rodeos Deruytter brings to light a more homemade image than what we have become accustomed to. Deruytter's cowboys are not one-dimensional anachronisms: they tell a great mythic tale, but they also suggest several historical parallels and force us to remember vanishing things we like to think of as permanent American values. They carefully document the small town rodeo, and ultimately they exude a sensuality and youthful elegance these cowboys may not be aware of. These are eloquent and sensual images that bring to light another side of the cowboy myth in America.

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Americans have constructed a mythology about cowboys and cowboy culture. These three books take a look at 21st-century cowboy life and initially leave the reader thinking, What is all the fuss about? Capp is grouped here because she points her camera at many sites and people in the West; cowboy culture is an inevitable accident in her lens resulting from her travels on the edges of cowboy territory. Her photographs look and feel as if we have seen them before, in small college galleries where young unknowns have neatly framed their random, tilted images in black and white. Also shooting in black and white, Williams looks at cowboy hands. His view of hard and dangerous work actually the demonstration of a narrow set of skills and risks in the rodeo translates into nearly kinetic visuals in his photographs. In his rush to show toughness, however, Williams has not taken the care to produce good photography. So it falls to Deruytter, roaming around Montana with a camera, some patience, and an artist's appreciation for subtlety, to compose pictures of real cowboy life. Beat-up spurs, well-worn boots, weathered skin, big animals, and battered fence posts are all full of timeless wear and tear. This and the fear in young cowboy faces and the resignation in old cowboy hearts make his photographs seem tough, honest, and durable. There is little point or quality in Williams's and Capp's books, but Deruytter has a compressed visual tale to tell, and he is ably assisted by Wood's rambling essay about cowboys and the West. David Bryant, New Canaan Lib., CT
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