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The Nature of Desire

Michals, Duane

Published by Twelvetrees Press, Pasadena, 1987
Condition: g to vg Hardcover

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1/500. Folio. Unpaginated. Original photo-illustrated dust-jacket over dark blue cloth, with black lettering on spine and front cover. The theme of this collection of b/w photographs and poems is the flleting nature of human life and existence, the experience of desire and love, and our reflection on this process. Michals displays series of images, slightly narrative in nature, but more akin to reconstructing memory. He says "You may need these memories when you're old." The photographer sees desire as "my body's music and its truth." He reflects on the nature of beauty and its impact on others, "I have always been a victim of beauty, wounded by its perfection, It was always out there, other, and I here, flawed." Thus we see that Michaels is far from the objective dispassionate viewer. The works often reflect his personal experiences or meditations on those experiences. One caption says "The memory of your body still lingers on my fingertips." In one series, we see a handsome young man, shirtless in blue jeans, with movements in his pose from picture to picture, with the caption: "I am the gift to you, you are the gift to me, Bright blue sky, dark blue sea." As often in Michals' work, the photographer makes innovative use of photo-sequences, often incorporating text to examine emotion and philosophy. This volume is one of 500 unnumbered copies. Moderate shelf wear. Minor abrasion at lower back corner of dust-jacket. Upper front corner bumped (not affecting pages). DJ and binding in overall good, interior in very good condition. Bookseller Inventory # 38438

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Title: The Nature of Desire

Publisher: Twelvetrees Press, Pasadena

Publication Date: 1987

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:g to vg

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: Limited First edition.

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