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Olympic Portraits


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ISBN 10: 0821223666 / ISBN 13: 9780821223666
Published by Bulfinch Press Book - Little, Brown and Company, Boston, MA, 1996
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First edition. Hardcover. First printing. A collection of black and white photographs of athletes from the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. A tight close to near fine copy in illustrated boards with the seemingly ubiquitous remainder mark to the bottom edge without a dust jacket as issued. Bookseller Inventory # 124489

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Title: Olympic Portraits

Publisher: Bulfinch Press Book - Little, Brown and Company, Boston, MA

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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Gathers portraits of American athletes preparing for the Centennial Olympic games

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A celebrated, highly stylized photographer of rock stars shooting Olympic athletes? That apparent anomaly seems just right when the photographer in question is Leibovitz, whose portraiture has always managed to capture the inner turmoil lurking beneath outward calm. Wisely, she chose to shoot her athletes not in Atlanta, surrounded by hoopla, but in preparation for the games, isolated and intense. The results are stunning: a sculpted Carl Lewis in repose, achieving a Mapplethorpian elegance mixed with menace; a poised and incredibly focused Michael Johnson, suggesting all the unleashed energy it would take to run faster than anyone has ever run before; a sober U.S. women's softball team, exuding the determination that would eventually produce wild jubilation and the gold medal. What drives these stark, darkly lit black-and-white photos, though, isn't our knowledge of the eventual results in Atlanta, but a sense of the overwhelming solitary confinement of athletic training, the peculiar loneliness that comes with the obsession to excel. These haunting photos will endure beyond our memory of who won what. Ilene Cooper

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