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Jacobson, Bill (Artist/Photographer) & Kertess, Klaus (Contributor). BILL JACOBSON: 1989-1997. Santa Fe, NM: Twin Palms Publishing, 1998. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. Unpaginated. As New/As New. Signed.

Artist Book. The artist/photographer's breakthrough debut collection. One of the greatest photography books of the 20th century. Limited Edition of 3000 copies. An austerely elegant production by Bill Jacobson and Jack Woody: Oversize-volume format. Pale gray silk cloth boards with black titles on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Bill Jacobson. Short story, "Lost Profile", by Klauss Kertess, the brilliant art critic and historian. Printed on thick coated stock paper by EBS in Verona, Italy to the highest standards. In white pictorial DJ, as issued. Presents the artist/photographer's dramatic sequence of images that test the boundaries of the portrait by a singular blurring/effacing technique applied to all of the photographs. The images appear to be eerie at first, but as one moves progressively through the complete series (which are grouped into three aptly titled suites, "Interim Portrait", "Song of Sentient Beings", and "Thought Series"), one cannot help but be deeply moved by the cumulative and overwhelming power of Bill Jacobson's achievement. Jacobson has accomplished nothing less than a re-imagination of every human being as a presence who is also an absence: We are and we are not at the same time. As Ingmar Bergman once said of "Persona", perhaps the greatest film of the 20th century, it is not a question of being or nothing ("to be or not to be"). Rather, it is a question of being-as-nothing. Jacobson has explicitly said that the book is one of loss and remembrance, especially of friends and lovers, because of (but not necessarily restricted to) AIDS. The subtle eroticism of some of the images is heightened rather than effaced by the unusual technique that the photographer has used. They are also ultimately transcended by his insight. "I started taking photographs as a teen-ager, nearly twenty-five years ago. Since then my work has been an ongoing meditation around desire, loss, and the role of photography as a vehicle for remembrance. My pictures often function as a metaphor for the way the mind works: Simultaneously collecting images while letting others go, fading in the way memories fade, and alluding to the fact that, historically, photographs have faded as well" (Bill Jacobson). A "must-have" title for Bill Jacobson collectors. This presentation copy is very prominently and beautifully signed and inscribed in black fountain pen on the title page by the artist/photographer: "For Luc Sante, Bill Jacobson". The recipient is one of the greatest living American writers. Among other subjects, Luc Sante has written extensively and brilliantly on photography. This title has been out-of-print for a very long time and is now highly collectible. This is the only such signed and inscribed copy available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A rare association copy thus. 52 tritone plates. One of the most brilliant living American artist/photographers. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER BILL JACOBSON TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0944092497. $250.00

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