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ParkeHarrison, Robert & ParkeHarrison, Shana. ROBERT AND SHANA PARKEHARRISON: COUNTERPOINT. Santa Fe, NM: Twin Palms Publishers, 2008. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 72 pages. As New.

Artist Book. One of the most beautiful art photography books of the year 2008/2009, it is destined to be a contemporary classic. Limited Slipcased Edition of 100 numbered and signed copies. An austerely elegant production by Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison and Jack Woody: Oversize-volume format. Bright red cloth boards with black titles embossed on the spine, as issued. Photographs and photographic tableaux by Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison. There is no text. Black cloth slipcase. Printed on thick glossy stock paper in Korea to the very highest standards. In publisher's original shrinkwrap. Without DJ, as issued. Presents the new work of Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison, eerily, poetically, and darkly beautiful images by the artist-couple whose work has earned a fanatical "cult" following. The Artist Book is presented in an impeccable Limited-Edition format. "Revisits themes explored in their first book, including Man's destruction and healing of the planet. Shot in color, the photographs also utilize the ParkeHarrisons' technique of applying pigment by hand, directly to their large-scale prints. Robert ParkeHarrison once again appears as the Everyman of the book's visual narrative, one who, despite the will to effect change, is all too often rendered impotent and ineffectual. The ParkeHarrisons also explore the epic landscape as a metaphor for the state of Mankind, particularly alluding to recent natural disasters and their aftermath" (Publisher's blurb). The work has indeed taken on a darker tone, just when the artist/photographers use full color for the first time. It is not an exaggeration to allude to Ingmar Bergman, the greatest film artist of the 20th century, on the one hand, and to Cormac McCarthy, the greatest living American novelist, on the other, in trying to put "Counterpoint" in perspective. Like Bergman, their move to color has led to darker work, much less whimsical than "The Architect's Brother". People will remember how critics often wrote that they could never imagine Bergman working in color. Well, he did, triumphantly so. And so do Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison. Like Cormac McCarthy, whose depiction of the landscape is integral to his work, Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison have also finally arrived at an apocalyptic vision whose spirit is in the same nihilistic yet hopeful vein as McCarthy's "The Road". That is, optimists and pessimists are both hopelessly naive. The worst has already happened, the only valid moral and aesthetic response is to recognize this fact yet still have hope, a contradiction that comes closest to the truth. Comparing the ParkeHarrisons with great narrative artists (rather than other photographers) is not fanciful: "I want to make images that have open, narrative qualities. Through my work I explore both technology and a poetry of existence" (Robert ParkeHarrison). A "must-have" title for Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison collectors. This copy is Number 3, indicated as such on the Back Limitation Page, and it is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen by Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison. We were able to obtain the first five copies of the Limited Slipcased Edition, the lowest and therefore, most collectible Numbers in the Series. This title is an instant collectible. This is one of extremely few copies of the Limited Slipcased Edition still available online, is still in the publisher's original shrinkwrap, and has absolutely no flaws, a pristine beauty. A very scarce signed copy thus. 33 color plates. Two of the greatest living artist/photographers. A flawless collectible copy. . ISBN 1931885818. $250.00

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