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Saudek, Jan (Artist/Photographer); Crump, James & Wood, John (Authors/Editors). JAN SAUDEK: REALITIES. Santa Fe, NM: Arena Editions, 2002. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 223 pages. As New/As New.

Retrospective collection of photographs. The very first book-length publication on the Czech artist/photographer published in the United States, it is now rare. A splendid production by Jan Saudek and James Crump: Oversize-volume format. Bright blue silk cloth boards with gilt titles embossed on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Jan Saudek. Essay, "Paradise and the Innocent Eye", by John Wood and James Crump. List of Plates appended at the end. Printed on thick coated stock paper by EBS in Verona, Italy to the very highest standards. In publisher's original shrinkwrap. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents the singular images of the artist/photographer whose work "defies any standing categories. It is one of the definitive books on Jan Saudek and contains many new as well as never-before-published images. The photographs that have secured his unique place in contemporary photography are all here. Saudek has always been a maverick and an outsider. He has delved into a dreamworld, where eroticism and aesthetics combine in a photographic style that retains its distinctive power. Based on the pornographic studio photographs of the 19th century, classical painting, and historical portraiture, Saudek's nudes and erotic images reveal a world of fantasy, where artistic play and expression are unfettered by any notion of reality" (Publisher's blurb). "I don't have the capacity to portray other people's lives. I am portraying my own" (Jan Saudek). A stunning collection, this is a "must-have" title for Jan Saudek collectors. This title has been out-of-print for a long time, is now difficult to find and highly collectible. This is one of extremely few copies still available online, is still in the publisher's original shrinkwrap, and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A rare copy thus. 128 color plates. One of the most brilliant living artist/photographers. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JAN SAUDEK TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1892041618. $250.00

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