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Pigozzi, Jean (Photographer) & Sottsass, Ettore (Contributor). A SHORT VISIT TO PLANET EARTH: JEAN PIGOZZI PHOTOGRAPHS. New York City, NY: Aperture Foundation, 1991. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. Unpaginated. Fine/Fine.

Retrospective collection of photographs. One of the most brilliant celebrity photography books ever published. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. A brilliant production by Jean Pigozzi and Yolanda Cuomo: Oversize-volume format. Pictorial cloth boards with black titles on spine, as issued. The design on the boards is by Ettore Sottsass, and it is dazzling. Photographs by Jean Pigozzi. Introduction by Ettore Sottsass, one of the greatest Italian architects of the 20th century. Printed on thick coated stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Jean Pigozzi's photographs of everything that has caught his wandering, penetrating eye, presented in no particular order. "A visual diary of our times which is star-studded, witty, and a bit bizarre. An international insider whose candid photographs of his famous and infamous friends (from Mick Jagger to Gianni Agnelli) make him a paparazzo in style only. His camera reveals but never betrays. His humor tweaks but never wounds" (Publisher's blurb). One of the most beautiful sections is the collection of self-deprecating portraits showing him posing with celebrities, "souvenir-photo" style. In all of them, Pigozzi poses with the celebrity like anyone else would: "Here I am with Isabella Rossellini. Eat your heart out". In reality, he was a celebrity himself, who knew all these people very well and hobnobbed with them as an equal. Photographers have always manipulated the camera's ability to create distance in order to show a documentary, "objective" reality. In Pigozzi's case, he uses this distancing effect brilliantly, to fulfill his self-appointed role as an alien from outer space making a short, wide-eyed visit to Planet Earth. A "must-have" title for Jean Pigozzi collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed, placed, and dated (in the year of publication) in black pen on the title page by the photographer: "Jean Pigozzi N. Y.1991". This title has been out-of-print for a very long time and is now collectible. This is the only signed copy available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A rare signed copy thus. Hundreds of black-and-white plates. One of the most brilliant living photographers. A fine collectible copy. . ISBN 0893814792. $150.00

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