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Gods of Earth and Heaven [SIGNED]: Witkin, Joel-Peter (photogr.); John Yau & Gus Blaisdale (text) Gods of Earth and Heaven [SIGNED]: Witkin, Joel-Peter (photogr.); John Yau & Gus Blaisdale (text) Gods of Earth and Heaven [SIGNED]: Witkin, Joel-Peter (photogr.); John Yau & Gus Blaisdale (text)

Gods of Earth and Heaven [SIGNED]

Witkin, Joel-Peter (photogr.); John Yau & Gus Blaisdale (text)

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ISBN 10: 0942642392 / ISBN 13: 9780942642391
Published by Twelvetrees Press, Altadena, California, 1989
Condition: vg Hardcover

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1/100. Sm. folio. Black cloth with silver-stamped cross on front and rear, gold lettering on spine, front- and back board. Housed in matching slipcase (slipcase without gold lettering, as published). Signed by Witkin on printed dedication page. Color frontispiece. Illustrated with 4 color plates, 44 photographic reproductions in halftone as well as 4 b/w reproductions of drawings by the controversial artist. Most of the images are staged tableaux, some are in photomontage. Witkin's techniques include scratching the negative, toning or bleaching the print, and using a hands-in-the-chemicals printing technique. Afterword by Witkin: "The request for models in my 1985 monograph resulted in many of the photographs in this volume. Therefore, I ask again for a photograph, telephone number and brief letter to be sent to me at my publisher's address, by all people, including anatomists (this is an ongoing request).I need physical marvels - a person, thing or act so extraordinary as to inspire wonder: someone with wings, horns, tails, fins, claws, reversed feet, head, hands. Anyone with additional arms, legs, eyes, breasts, genitals, ears, nose, lips, head. Anyone without a face. Pinheads, dwarfs, giants, Satyrs. A woman with one breast (center); a woman with breasts so large as to require Daliesque supports; women whose faces are covered with hair or large skin lesions and willing to pose in evening gowns. Active and retired sideshow performers, contortionists (erotic), anyone with a parasitic twin, people who live as comic book heroes. Boot, corset and bondage fetishists, a beautiful woman with functional appendages in place of arms, anorexics (preferably bald), the romantic and criminally insane (nude only). All manner of extreme visual perversions. A young blonde girl with two faces. Hermaphrodites and taratoids (alive and dead). Beings from other planets Anyone bearing the wounds of Christ. Anyone claiming to be God. God." Very minor staining and scuffing on cloth of book and slipcase. Tight copy of the signed slipcased edition, limited to 100. Overall near fine to fine condition. Bookseller Inventory # 23714

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Title: Gods of Earth and Heaven [SIGNED]

Publisher: Twelvetrees Press, Altadena, California

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:vg

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: Numbered, limited first edition.

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Book by Witkin, Joel-Peter


Once you have witnessed the dark, sensational visions of Joel-Peter Witkin, you will never be the same again. Witkin gets to you. Here you will encounter hermaphrodites, malformed bodies, Siamese twins, corpses, fetuses, cut-off heads, and self-torturers. Witkin's compositions go far beyond conventional "freak show" tableaux to achieve a sinister and dignified beauty, and he includes numerous art-historical references that add context and acerbic wit. This exquisitely produced collection of black-and-white photographs will take you, as Guy Blaisdell writes in an essay at the end of the book, into "a human afterworld ... one that comes before or after the death of this world--a place where the spirits of the dead live on by sitting as works of art for their portraits, descending into our moment and returning always to their identical selves." Warning: Not for those under 18 and/or easily disturbed.

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