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Rio Branco, Miguel. SILENT BOOK. Sao Paulo, Brasil: Cosac & Naify, 1997. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 98 pages. Fine.

Artist Book. One of the greatest photography books of the 20th century. The first and only edition. Published in an extremely small and limited print run as a hardcover original only. The book is now very rare. A brilliant production by Miguel Rio Branco and Jean-Yves Cousseau: Small-size volume format in square shape. Pictorial hard boards with red titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Miguel Rio Branco. There is no text. Printed on thick coated stock paper in Italy to the very highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents some of the artist/photographer's most stunning images, all of them in "bleed" format. Miguel Rio Branco's work has been praised (and criticized) for the way it vividly depicts the quiet anguish, carnal sensuality, and explosive violence of Latin America. It is the Latin spirit (rather than the continent itself) that interests him, and he has photographed in Europe to capture this "Latinity". His sequencing of images has also been called "musical"; it is no accident that many of his books include a CD that is meant to be listened to while one views the images. "Silent Book" is the outstanding exception, his tribute to the deafening silence at the heart of his dissonant images. The violence depicted is ritualistic rather than actual (many of the photographs were taken in a boxing gym and at a bullfight) and its true purpose is not, "as some suggest, to incite violence outside, but to mitigate or break the cycle" (Martin Parr and Gerry Badger). A contributing member of Magnum, it is hard to think of him as a documentary photographer. Indeed, his work is about the fundamentally subjective, non-documentary character of reality. The robust and simmering physicality of his images is the work of an artist/photographer who shows the underbelly of Roman Catholicism in all of its "Latinity, an extreme lyricism, contrasting affectivity and violence" (Adolfo Montejo). "My work has a lot to do with skin, for that is the surface connecting us to the world, in pleasure as much as in pain. Skin is a dialogue between outside and inside, a separation that is also a connection" (Miguel Rio Branco). A book of tremendous power and beauty, it pulsates with life and makes most other photography books look lifeless. A "must-have" title for Miguel Rio Branco and photography book collectors. This is an Import title and is now very highly collectible. This is one of extremely few copies still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A very rare copy thus. 75 color plates. Miguel Rio Branco's "Silent Book" was selected as one of the greatest photography books in "The Photobook". One of the greatest living artist/photographers. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER MIGUEL RIO BRANCO TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 8586374210. $3000.00

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