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Kuhn, Mona (Photographer); Tuten, Frederic & Baldwin, Gordon (Contributors). MONA KUHN: EVIDENCE. Gottingen, Germany: Gerhard Steidl Druckerei Und Verlag, 2007. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 95 pages. As New.

The photographer's third collection of nudes. One of the most beautiful erotic art photography titles of the decade. The first and only edition. A lovely production by Mona Kuhn and Gerhard Steidl: Oversize-volume format. Pictorial hard boards with cream cloth overboards and titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Mona Kuhn. Short story by the great American writer Frederic Tuten. Essay by Gordon Baldwin. List of Plates and Acknowledgments appended at the end. Printed on thick coated stock paper in Gottingen, Germany to the highest standards. In publisher's original plastic wrappers. Without DJ, as issued. Presents the photographer's new collection of nude portraits in solo, duo, and group shots. "Critics have observed that Mona Kuhn's subjects seem 'nude but not naked'. Completely relaxed before the camera, they give the impression that nothing could clothe them better than their own skin. Kuhn weaves together gestures from the traditional iconography of nude studies with the comfortable body language of her subjects, creating a visual patois at once classical and contemporary. Beneath the mellow surfaces of her photographs lies an explosive energy: The artist's controlled play with the power of sensuality. Tension and uneasiness co-exist with sunlight and soft flesh. The subjects and their gestures are suggestive but ultimately ambiguous. Kuhn works very close to her subjects, often with a depth of field of only a few inches. Real world and image world seem to blend together as her figures unite the reality of human complexity with the blissful essence of Nature. With only sparse reference to physical surroundings, they appear to float in an idyllic picture space, part of a dream-like narrative just beyond the viewer's comprehension. These exceptional photographs exist in a space created by the artist and subject alone. The viewer is given a single fascinating glimpse, suspended in time, and then an enduring sense of the resilience and vulnerability of the human body" (Publisher's blurb). The nude portrait is very hard to do well. Even Martin Parr, who included a tiny handful of erotic art photography titles in "The Photobook", admits as much. What makes Kuhn's third collection a genuine advance over her previous ones is her deeper exploration of the body-as-spirit. These are, in the end, portraits of beings who somehow, somewhere transcend mere human flesh and approach the angelic and ethereal. A "must-have" title for Mona Kuhn collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in black fountain pen on the title page by Mona Kuhn. This title is now highly collectible. This is one of only two signed copies still available online, is still in the publisher's original plastic wrappers, and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. 54 color plates. One of the most brilliant living photographers. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER MONA KUHN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 3865213723. $70.00

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