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Kelly Klein: Underworld

Klein, Kelly; Introduction by Anne Rice

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ISBN 10: 0679435794 / ISBN 13: 9780679435792
Published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1995
Condition: Fine Condition Hardcover
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Unpaginated (180 pp.), 154 photographs some in color. Dustjacket is protected with a mylar cover. Bookseller Inventory # 002559

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Title: Kelly Klein: Underworld

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, New York

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition: Fine Condition

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine Condition

Edition: First Edition.

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A collection of 154 photographs celebrates the human body and encompasses more than one hundred years of body photography with images by Jacque-Henri Lartigue, Imogen Cunningham, Louise Dahl-Wolfe, and many others. 25,000 first printing. Tour.


Anne Rice writes the introduction to this excellent, large-format collection of emotionally charged, sometimes kinky photos of partially clad people. The title puns on the word underwear and sexy, secret lives. No wonder it attracted Anne Rice's intelligent attention--that and the fact that author Kelly Klein is donating all her proceeds to the CFDA Foundation Fund for AIDS.

"The camera empowers you to be intimate with the lens, even abandoned, in a way that may not be possible with another human," Rice muses. "This book is a monument to our freedom, not only to express ourselves but to want more than we are allowed. The camera is the safest vehicle for this excess."

Klein has superb taste in shutterbugs: Brassai, Man Ray, David Salle, Sally Mann, David Hockney, Cindy Sherman, and anonymous snappers of eye-grabbing scenes. The juxtapositions are good: Christy Turlington perfectly complements a 1930 Lartigue model; a Bruce Weber tableau matches a 1945 Playtex ad. You see a side of the doomed model Gia here in curlers that even the tell-all bio Thing of Beauty can't tell you about.

This is a good book done for a good cause. --Tim Appelo

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