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Dorfman, Elena (Photographer) & Alexandre, Elizabeth (Contributor). STILL LOVERS. New York City, NY: Channel Photographics, 2005. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 128 pages. As New/As New.

Collection of color photographs on life-size sex dolls and their partners. Now considered a contemporary photography classic. The first and only edition. A brilliant production by Laura Lindgren: Oversize-volume format in oblong shape. Glossy pictorial boards with white titles on spine, as issued. Photographs by Elena Dorfman. Essay by Elizabeth Alexandre. Printed on thick coated stock paper to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents the real-life men and their Real Doll sex surrogates, one of the most unusual, disturbing, and revealing social developments of our time. "A fascinating, serious, and shocking glimpse, these are not kitschy inflatables but life-sized, expensive, realistic dolls, customized to the smallest detail. The dolls are sculptural beauties, sex kittens, companions, and family members. These photographs are as riveting and culture-shifting as those of Diane Arbus" (Publisher's blurb). Real Doll was invented in the late-1990's, but the mannequin-as-sex-object is not a recent phenomenon. Pierre Molinier, a truly great artist, made it the most desirable plastic object of the 20th century. Unbenownst to Matt McMullen, a former rock band member (his real name is Matt Krivicke) and Real Doll's immensely successful inventor, the great critic/novelist Susan Sontag eerily and poignantly anticipated and described in "The Dummy" (it appears in "I, Etcetera", her only collection of short stories) the life of an engineering wizard and the Real Doll he has created for himself and with whom he falls in love, an allegorical tale about the doll as perhaps the ideal partner, companion, friend, and lover for every man, the answer to his deepest sexual, emotional, and psychological needs and fantasies, and the perfect substitute for the exasperatingly complex Real-Life Woman. "Still Lovers" was taken over a period of many years, as Real Doll evolved and became fantastically real, a development period that the Real Doll male benefitted from. The Real Doll male (called "Charlie"), flaccid and erect on command, was created in 2001. Still, at about $7, 000 per doll, the new model of female submissiveness is accessible only to the most affluent gentleman. The rest of us will have to settle, gladly, for Dorfman's stunning photographic project. The Real Doll phenomenon has finally gone mainstream via a major Hollywood film in 2007, "Lars And The Real Girl", with Ryan Gosling and "Bianca". The male fantasy realized beyond his wildest dreams, this is a "must-have" title for Elena Dorfman collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed and dated (in the year of publication) in black fountain pen on the front free endpaper by the photographer: "Elena Dorfman 2005". This title is now highly collectible. This is the only signed copy available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. One of the finest living American photographers. A flawless collectible copy. . ISBN 097667081X. $150.00

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