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Marcopoulos, Ari (Photographer) & Heiss, Arianna (Contributor). EVEN THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES SOMETIMES HAS GOT TO STAND NAKED. Zurich, Switzerland: JRP/Ringier Publishers, 2005. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 160 pages. As New.

Exhibition catalog presented as an Artist Book. One of the most beautiful art photography books of our time. The first and only edition. A brilliant production by Ari Marcopoulos and Gavillet & Rust: Regular-sized volume format. Pictorial hard boards with titles on the spine, as issued. Photographs by Ari Marcopoulos. Afterword Essay by Arianna Heiss. Printed on thick coated stock paper in Zurich, Switzerland to the very highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Published on the occasion of the retrospective exhibition of the same name held at the P. S.1/Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) Long Island from October 30, 2005 through January 23, 2006. Presents Ari Marcopoulos' family album, photographs of himself, his wife, and his two sons, Cairo and Ethan, interspersed with dazzling landscape photographs taken in Japan, Europe, and the United States. The Marcopoulos family is typical and attractive. Like all families, the kids get into accidents, get sick, have nosebleeds, root canal, and scabs. Perhaps the best way to put Marcopoulos' achievement in perspective is to compare and contrast it with Nan Goldin's "The Ballad of Sexual Dependency". While the latter is about coupling with all the pain and passion that come with the territory (which make for a darkly ominous book), "Even The President of the United States Sometimes Has Got To Stand Naked" is about family life, its quotidian ups and downs (which make for a brightly sunny book). There are sexually explicit images of Marcopoulos and his wife making love, but it looks so normal and even funny compared to the anguish that is palpable on every page of Goldin's classic. As Arianna Heiss points out, Ari's family photos are about photography itself, as was once famously observed by one of its most astute critics: "Photographs are, by virtue of being photographs, touched by pathos. They express a feeling both sentimental and implicitly magical: They are attempts to contact or lay claim to another reality" (Susan Sontag, "On Photography"). A "must-have" title for Ari Marcopoulos collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in blue pen on the title page by Ari Marcopoulos. This title is now highly collectible. This is the only signed copy available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. 81 color plates. One of the most brilliant living European photographers. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ARI MARCOPOULOS TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 3905701359. $150.00

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