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Roth, Marissa (Photographer) & Hagedorn, Jessica (Poet). BURNING HEART: A PORTRAIT OF THE PHILIPPINES. New York City, NY: Rizzoli Publishers, 1999. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 150 pages. Fine. Signed.

Artist Book. Collection of photographs juxtaposed with original poetry. One of the most beautiful photography books on its subject. The first and only edition. Published in a small and limited print run as a softcover original only. An austerely elegant production by Marissa Roth and Joseph Guglietti: Oversize-volume format in oblong shape. Pictorial softcovers with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Marissa Roth. Poetry by Jessica Hagedorn. Printed on thick coated stock paper by EBS in Verona, Italy to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Marissa Roth's deeply moving photographs of a country at a time of difficult change, accompanied (like contrapuntal music) by Jessica Hagedorn's melodious, pulsating, and vibrant poetry. The collapse of the Marcos dictatorship and the ascent of Corazon Aquino to power did not lead to a power vacuum or chaos but to a problematic, fragile yet genuine democracy. One of the world's most determined fighters of institutionalized corruption and violence, Aquino coined the term "people power" and became the first Woman President of her country. She appears in the collection, in the single most beautiful unposed photograph ever taken of her, from among literally thousands that exist (Aquino and Aung San Suu Kyi, not the hypocritical Hillary Clinton, are the women leaders who deserve our admiration for grit, grace, and faith in the power of the voter). Roth, a Jewish-American, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1993 for her coverage of the Los Angeles 1992 riots. She was commissioned by The Museum of Tolerance/Simon Wiesenthal Center to photograph 70 of the remaining Holocaust survivors. The exhibition in 2005 was a sensation and the book, "Witness To Truth", will be published in 2009. In a celebrated New Yorker Magazine review, Hagedorn, a Filipino-American, was praised by John Updike, the most influential reviewer/critic in America, as one of the finest writers of her generation. A book of heartbreaking beauty, this is a "must-have" title for Marissa Roth and Jessica Hagedorn collectors. This presentation copy is very prominently and beautifully signed, dated (in the day, month, and year of publication), and inscribed in black fountain pen on the first image by the photographer: "Dear Carole, From the bottom of my heart. Thank you so much for being so supportive of my work. It has meant a lot to me. With warmest regards, Marissa Roth April 11, 1999". The recipient, Carole Kismaric, is a book designer, historian/scholar, and curator/author, one of the most important figures in the history of photography. This title has been out-of-print for a very long time. 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, one-of-a-kind association copy thus. 45 duotone plates. Two of the most brilliant living American artists. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JESSICA HAGEDORN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0847821641. $200.00

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