1st Printing. 75 pages. Published in 2010. Retrospective collection of portrait-photographs. One of the most beautiful art photography books of our time. The first and only edition. Precedes and should not be confused with the 2013 Harry N. Abrams Edition called "Hendrik Kerstens: Paula: Silent Conversations" whose reproduction quality is inferior, quite apart from the fact that it is a reprint. Published in a small and limited print run as a hardcover original only that sold out shortly after publication. The First Edition is now rare. An austerely elegant production by Hendrik Kerstens: Oversize-volume format. Glossy pictorial hard boards with titles on the spine, as issued. Photographs by Hendrik Kerstens. Essay, "Hendrik Kerstens And The Maniera Fiamminga", by Maartje Van Den Heuvel. In publisher's original shrinkwrap. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated 170 grs Garda Art stock paper in The Netherlands to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Published in conjunction with the photographer's exhibition at the Witzenhausen Gallery Amsterdam in 2010. Presents Hendrik Kerstens' "Paula". Stunning photographs of his daughter-model. A wealthy businessman, Hendrik Kerstens sold off his business in order to become a full-fledged photographer, a risky move that could have ended in abject failure but in his case, has resulted in enviable fame and success. Paula, Kerstens' muse, appears in every portrait he has taken, and is one of the most enigmatically beautiful photographic subjects of our time. Kerstens' art is a dual homage: To his daughter and to the Flemish Manner ("Maniera Fiamminga"), which he has single-mindedly appropriated and pursued for photography. The latter traces its roots all the way back to the 15th-century Flemish Primitives (whose simplicity was seen as "primitive" when compared to the refined and elaborate manner of the Italian Renaissance) and reaches its apogee in Vermeer. Kerstens has made it his life-work to recapture this long-vanished Flemish aesthetic. "The portraits are descriptive, not interpretative. The subjects are depicted in isolation; they do not refer to a narrative, familiar origins, or any body of ideas outside the frame of the artwork. The portraits emphasize the specific, the identity of the person depicted, and not a concept or a quality" (Maartje Van Den Heuvel). Kerstens' anti-Post-Modern stance is implicitly polemical: He aspires to a Vermeer-ian purity that approaches the luminous, ethereal, and sublime. In the process, he rejects Post-Modernism's conceptual gloss. An absolute "must-have" title for Hendrik Kerstens collectors. This title is a contemporary art photography classic. As far as we know, this is the only copy of the Thieme Art Publishers/Witzenhausen Gallery Edition available online, is still in the publisher's original shrinkwrap, and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: It should not be confused with the 2013 Harry N. Abrams Edition whose production values are inferior, quite apart from the fact that it is a reprint. A rare copy thus. 36 plates. One of the most brilliant artist/photographers of our time. A fine collectible copy. ISBN 9078964383. Bookseller Inventory #
Synopsis: The photos of Hendrik Kerstens (1956) create the impression that you are looking at a painting by Johannes Vermeer. Both artists adopt the same masterful use of light to accentuate their subjects with exceptional style. This book includes the first ever published list of Kersten's photos, as well as all his photo series.
Title: PAULA: PHOTOGRAPHS BY HENDRIK KERSTENS - ...
Publisher: Amsterdam, Netherlands: Thieme Art Publishers/Witzenhausen Gallery
Book Condition: As New
Edition: 1st Edition.
Book Description Thieme Art Publishers & Witzenhausen Gallery, Deventer, 2010. 30 x 24 cm unpaginated with colour and b&w illustrations throughout. Pictorial boards, fine copy signed in silver ink by the artist to title page. Bookseller Inventory # 11324