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Palma, Luis Gonzalez (Artist/Photographer) & Leonelli, Laura (Contributor). LUIS GONZALEZ PALMA: THE SILENCE OF THE GAZE . Verona, Italy: Peliti Associati, 1998. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. Unpaginated. As New/As New.

The artist/photographer's second collection. One of the most ravishingly beautiful art photography books of the 20th century. The first and only edition. Published in a very small and limited print run as a hardcover original only in Italian and English versions. This is the English-language version and is now rare. An austerely elegant production by Donatello Pistocchio and Fulvio Forleo: Oversize-volume format in oblong shape. Black cloth boards with gilt titles embossed on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Luis Gonzalez Palma. Afterword Essay by Laura Leonelli. Printed on thick coated stock paper by EBS in Verona, Italy to the very highest standards. In pictorial DJ with white titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Luis Gonzalez Palma's second collection, all-"bleed" photographic reproductions and several doublespreads. The Latin-American artist/photographer has gained enormous and well-deserved international recognition over the past decade for his portraits that are rich with the symbolism of indigenous myth and culture, Catholicism and humanity. The figures that inhabit Gonzalez Palma's mythic world (angels, devils, hybrid creatures, and enigmatic characters) transcend time and place, suggesting that mysticism and beauty are his ultimate subject matter. "Luis Gonzalez Palma is best-known for his strange, quiet portraits of the Mayan and Mestizo women in his native Guatemala. There is a contradictory quality to many of these portraits. The subjects are women who belong to cultures that have been marginalized yet the photographs have a distinctly European, even Victorian, appearance. Even when dressed in their native clothing, the subjects are often posed in a way that negates their native-ness. Despite that, the faces of the subjects often seem to be challenging the viewer, as if they're proclaiming their refusal to disappear totally. His body of work has been described as existing on both 'the bright and dark sides of Reason'. I'm not at all sure what that means, but it seems somehow appropriate. It's clear Gonzalez Palma's photography extends into the realm of metaphor. There is more to his photographs than what appears in his photographs" (Greg Fallis). "Gonzalez Palma's images unfold with increasing significance, resulting in an underlying sense of tension and foreboding that is only slightly eased by their sheer loveliness" (A. D. Miller). A "must-have" title for Luis Gonzalez Palma collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in blue pen on the title page by Luis Gonzalez Palma. This is an Import title, was not commercially distributed in the United States, has been out-of-print for a very long time, and is now highly collectible. This is the only signed copy of the First Edition/English-language Version available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. 70 plates. One of the finest living Latin-American artist/photographers. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER LUIS GONZALEZ PALMA TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 8885121497. $400.00

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