Title: JAN SAUDEK: REALITIES - Rare Pristine Copy ...
Publisher: Santa Fe, NM: Arena Editions, 2002
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. 223 pages. Published in 2002. Retrospective collection of photographs. The very first book-length publication on the Czech artist/photographer published in the United States. The first and only edition. Published in a small and limited print run as a hardcover original only whose entire print run was not completed (because the publisher shut down). The First Edition is now scarce. A brilliant production by Jan Saudek and James Crump: Oversize-volume format. Blue cloth boards with gilt titles embossed on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Jan Saudek. Essay, "Paradise And the Innocent Eye", by John Wood and James Crump. List of Plates appended at the end. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper by EBS in Verona, Italy to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Jan Saudek's "Realities". A triumphant achievement. The singular images of the artist/photographer whose work "defies any standing categories. It is one of the definitive books on Jan Saudek and contains many new as well as never-before-published images. The photographs that have secured his unique place in contemporary photography are all here. Saudek has always been a maverick and an outsider. He has delved into a dreamworld, where eroticism and aesthetics combine in a photographic style that retains its distinctive power. Based on the pornographic studio photographs of the 19th century, classical painting, and historical portraiture, Saudek's nudes and erotic images reveal a world of fantasy, where artistic play and expression are unfettered by any notion of reality" (Publisher's blurb). "I don't have the capacity to portray other people's lives. I am portraying my own" (Jan Saudek). An absolute "must-have" title for Jan Saudek collectors. This title is an erotic art photography classic. This is one of very 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 rare copy thus. 128 color plates. One of the most brilliant artist/photographers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JAN SAUDEK TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 1892041618. Bookseller Inventory # 11495
Synopsis: Drawing on classical paintings, historical portraiture, and 19th-century pornographic studio photographs, the erotic images of Jan Saudek reveal a world of fantasy where artistic play and expression are given free range. Using elaborate backdrops and magical costumes, Saudek is both voyeur and participant, photographer and model, shifting back and forth in a style that lends the term autoportraiture new meaning. These 146 color photographs, featuring new and previously unpublished images with Saudek's commentaries, are as much about the artist as about the characters he creates. As Saudek states, "I donít have the capacity to portray other peopleís lives. I am portraying my own." "Spending time with Saudekís images is an unsettling experience, a roller-coaster ride of attraction and repulsion, confirmation and confrontation." ó The Spectator
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