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Faucon, Bernard. SUMMER CAMP: PHOTOGRAPHS BY BERNARD FAUCON. New York City, NY: Xavier Moreau, 1980. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. Unpaginated. Fine/Fine.

Landmark collection of erotic "photographic tableaux". Now considered a modern photography classic. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now very scarce. A brilliant production by Bernard Faucon, Bea Feitler, and Jeffrey Dorman: Oversize-volume format. Orange cloth boards with black titles embossed on spine, as issued. Photographs and text by Bernard Faucon. Stunning black-and-white endpapers. Printed on thick coated stock paper by Arnoldo Mondadori Editore in Verona, Italy to the very highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Bernard Faucon's "Summer Camp", an interrelated series of photographic tableaux that re-create, evoke, and finally subvert the experience called childhood, particularly the boys' tradition called summer camp. Every photograph is carefully staged, down to the smallest detail, and uses life-like mannequins of boys who so closely resemble their real-life counterparts that it is hard to tell them apart. Bernard Faucon is an anomaly: Like other artists and photographers who utilize overtly artificial methods, he inescapably works with "constructs" and "concepts". Yet he is not a Conceptual artist; his point is ambiguous rather than explicit or philosophical, as all Conceptual art photography is. Indeed, he has no desire to make a point at all. Instead, he wants us to relive what he cherishes and loves the most: Childhood, its particular experiences as well as the universal emotions it evokes. One of Faucon's most ardent admirers, Roland Barthes, the greatest European critic of the latter part of the 20th century, sees his work as a metaphor for the vertiginous experience: "The real in Faucon's art is both the subtly delirious and the heightened awareness of the feelings they arouse in us: Freakish pleasure, irrational fear, unbridled fantasies, forbidden yearnings" (Roland Barthes). What is real and what is surreal are finally one and the same thing. An absolute "must-have" title for Bernard Faucon collectors. This title is a modern photography classic. This is one of very few copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online, is one of the finest copies we have ever seen, and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Many copies available online have major flaws. A rare copy thus. 40 color plates. One of the greatest artist/photographers of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER BERNARD FAUCON TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0937950009. $300.00

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