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Dugdale, John (Artist/Photographer) & Whitman, Walt (Contribution). LENGTHENING SHADOWS BEFORE NIGHTFALL: PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN DUGDALE. Santa Fe, NM: Twin Palms Publishing, 1995. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 112 pages. As New/As New. Signed.

Artist Book. The artist/photographer's breakthrough debut collection. Limited Slipcased Edition of 100 numbered and signed copies. An elegiacally beautiful production by John Dugdale and Jack Woody: Oversize-volume format. Black cloth boards with titles embossed on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by John Dugdale. Excerpt from Walt Whitman's greatest poem, "Leaves of Grass". Matching black handmade pictorial slipcase with titles embossed on cover and spine. Printed on thick coated stock paper to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with cyanotype reproduction on the cover and purple titles on the spine, as issued. Presents the artist/photographer's gossamer, mystical, and haunting vision of a gay American individual's life (his own) shadowed at every single precious moment by mortality. John Dugdale utilizes the Cyanotype Process, which results in blue-tinted black-and-white photographs that have earned the artist/photographer a cult following among serious photography collectors. The great artist/children's book writer and illustrator Maurice Sendak and the great playwright Tony Kushner, both gay, own two of the finest private collections of Dugdale's work. Dugdale has been living with AIDS for many years now and thriving in spite of the fact (he is now completely blind), making these images all the more moving. He uses himself as the subject as well as family members, friends, and lovers in many of the photographs. Includes some of the most unusual, most affecting, and most haunting male nudes ever made. "In an interplay of metaphor and time, artist John Dugdale evokes a world of light-filled chambers and sensuous bodies. From the muted blue luster of the archaic Cyanotype Process, his imagery emerges in a mist of loss and remembrance. Dugdale has created an extremely personal and vibrant body of work. Revealed is an artistic vision that weds contemporary consciousness with ageless concerns" (Publisher's blurb). A "must-have" title for John Dugdale collectors. This copy is one of the Limited Edition, and is very boldly and beautifully signed in black fountain pen on the Back Limitation Page by John Dugdale. In addition, Dugdale drew in his "signature" eyeglasses, and only for this Limited Edition, also applied his thumbprint underneath his signature. This Limited Slipcased Edition has been out-of-print for a long time and is now highly collectible. John Dugdale's lovely signature and thumbprint make it highly collectible. A rare signed copy thus. 50 cyanotype-plate reproductions. One of the finest living American artist/photographers. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JOHN DUGDALE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 094409290X. $300.00

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