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The Unseen Eye: Photographs from the Unconscious [Signed By The Author]

Hunt, W.M.

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ISBN 10: 1597111937 / ISBN 13: 9781597111935
Published by Aperture, New York, 2011
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Dust Jacket Condition: As New. 319 (1) pp, preface, Introduction: More Than Meets the Eye by William A. Ewing; The Unseen Eye by W. M. Hunt; list of color and b&w illustrations, index of photographers. First Edition, 2011. Signed By The Author on Title Page. "The Unseen Eye presents a wonderfully idiosyncratic and compelling collection of photographs assembled around a particular theme: in each image, the gaze of the subject is averted, the face obscured or the eyes firmly closed. The pictures present a catalog of anti-portraiture, characterized at first glance by what its subjects conceal, not by what the camera reveals. Amassed over the course of 30 years by New York collector W.M. Hunt, the collection includes works by masters such as Richard Avedon, Diane Arbus, Imogen Cunningham, William Klein, Robert Mapplethorpe and Robert Frank, as well as works by lesser-known artists and vernacular images. More than 350 intensely evocative and frequently surreal images are brilliantly sequenced in this volume; the cumulative effect is unnerving and riveting. Most critically, the images are drawn together by the narrative of the collector himself, in a highly personal monologue that weaves throughout the book, in which Hunt offers his own perceptive responses to the images he has gathered over many years. The result is a series of surprising epiphanies about how and why one collects." Not Price Clipped. Pristine, no wear. Clean, tight and strong binding with no underlining, highlighting or marginalia. Green cloth. with blind-stamped white lettering to front board, and white lettering to spine. Size: 8vo. Bookseller Inventory # 002377

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Title: The Unseen Eye: Photographs from the ...

Publisher: Aperture, New York

Publication Date: 2011

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Edition: First Edition.

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"The Unseen Eye" presents a wonderfully idiosyncratic and compelling collection of photographs assembled around a particular theme: in each image, the gaze of the subject is averted, the face obscured or the eyes firmly closed. The pictures present a catalog of anti-portraiture, characterized at first glance by what its subjects conceal, not by what the camera reveals. Amassed over the course of 30 years by New York collector W.M. Hunt, the collection includes works by masters such as Richard Avedon, Diane Arbus, Imogen Cunningham, William Klein, Robert Mapplethorpe and Robert Frank, as well as works by lesser-known artists and vernacular images. Hunt's instinctive pursuit of striking images has resulted in a collection that manages to evoke a picture of humanity from birth to death, with all the associated nuances of memory, wit, eroticism, fear, grief and horror. More than 350 intensely evocative and frequently surreal images are brilliantly sequenced in this volume; the cumulative effect is unnerving and riveting. Most critically, the images are drawn together by the narrative of the collector himself, in a highly personal monologue that weaves throughout the book, in which Hunt offers his own perceptive responses to the images he has gathered over many years. The result is a series of surprising epiphanies about how and why one collects.

About the Author:

W.M. Hunt is a collector and dealer specializing in contemporary photography in New York, where he also teaches at the School of Visual Arts. A selection from his own collection was exhibited at the Recontres d’Arles Photographie in 2005 and later at the Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland, and at FOAM, Amsterdam.

William A. Ewing is the curator and director of the Musee de l'Elysee, Lausanne. He lives in Switzerland.

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