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Hujar, Peter (Photographer) & Kertess, Klaus (Contributor). PETER HUJAR: ANIMALS AND NUDES ("PETER HUJAR: ANIMALS & NUDES") . Santa Fe, NM: Twin Palms Publishers, 2002. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 144 pages. As New/As New.

25th-Anniversary Edition of the photographer's work. Limited Edition of 2500 copies. The first and only edition. An elegant production by Jack Woody: Oversize-volume format. A tall and slim "coffee-table" book. Deep purple cloth boards with black design and titles embossed on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Peter Hujar. Essay by the art critic/historian Klauss Kertess. Printed on thick coated stock paper to the highest standards. In matching pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Published on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the publication of his landmark debut collection, "Portraits in Life and Death" (1976), one of the greatest photography books of the 20th century. The new collection presents the photographer's unsurpassed (and unsurpassable) male and female nudes as well as portraits of animals that are, collectively, among the finest ever taken in the history of photography. "Hujar kept alive the tradition of masterful touch in photography, but reinvented traditional subject matter with his stunning conjunction of aesthetic restraint and emotional openness. He could identify with the animals he photographed to the point of thinking he was creating a self-portrait without irony or sentimentality. And few have seen deeper into the mortality of the nude, whether with joy, arousal, or tribulation, or shifting shades of all three" (Klauss Kertess). The reason Hujar's photographs are sublime is that he did not see his work as being about a subject other than himself, not out of vanity but on the contrary, in all his vulnerability. His portraits are self-portraits, which express and transcend his own body and milieu at the same time, and therefore have the purity and timeless quality that people often refer to when they speak of his work. We are all born naked, and remain so all our lives, despite being clothed physically and by convention. This book should really be called "Animals And Other Nudes". A "must-have" title for Peter Hujar collectors. This title remains in print but is often found in "hurt" condition. This is one of few copies still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A scarce copy thus. 70 duotone plates. One of the greatest photographers of the 20th century. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER PETER HUJAR TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0944092950. $70.00

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