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Dijkstra, Rineke (Photographer); Wood, James N.; Ehlers, Caroline & Rondeau, James (Contributors). RINEKE DIJKSTRA: BEACH PORTRAITS. Chicago, IL: Art Institute Of Chicago/LaSalle Bank, 2002. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 72 pages. As New/As New.

Collection of color photographs. One of the most important photography books of our time. An austerely elegant production by Studio Blue Chicago: Oversize-volume format. A tall and slim book. Pale green cloth boards with titles embossed on spine, as issued. Photographs by Rineke Dijkstra. Foreword by Thomas C. Heagy. Statement by James N. Wood. Essays by Caroline Ehlers and James Rondeau. Printed on thick coated stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. In publisher's original shrinkwrap. In pictorial DJ with titles on the spine, as issued. Published to commemorate the presentation of the collection's Complete Set to The Art Institute of Chicago by LaSalle Bank, one of the preeminent and most ardent corporate collectors of photographic prints in the world. Presents the photographer's complete "Beach Portraits" Series, which was first shown at the Photographers Gallery London and published as "Beaches". "Clad in little more than bathing suits, these young people are striking to behold. Remarkably clear and formally classical, each subject is frontally posed and shot straight-on. The resulting photographs participate in a quasi-scientific categorization reminiscent of the work of August Sander and Thomas Ruff. Yet Dijkstra's pictures are not just that. There is also something of the eccentric in them, something that comes closer to Diane Arbus' images. Seen together, the complete Series creates a kind of collective portrait of the existential insecurity and awkward beauty of youth" (Publisher's blurb). One of the leading contemporary photographers, Rineke Dijkstra was born in The Netherlands. She has been the subject of major exhibitions at museums and galleries, including The Museum of Modern Art New York, the Venice Biennale, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and the Photographers Gallery London. A "must-have" title for Rineke Dijkstra collectors. This title has been out-of-print for a very long time and is now highly collectible. This is one of very few copies still available online, is still in the publisher's original shrinkwrap, and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. Copies available online command as much as $500. A rare copy thus. 20 color plates. Rineke Dijkstra's "Beaches", the basis of this title, was selected as one of the greatest photography books in "The Photobook". One of the finest living photographers. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER RINEKE DIJKSTRA TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 097024522X. $200.00

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