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Henson, Bill. BILL HENSON: LUX ET NOX. Zurich, Switzerland: Scalo Publishers, 2002. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 200 pages. As New/As New.

Landmark collection of nude-cum-landscape color photographs. One of the greatest photography books of the decade. The First Hardcover Edition. Published in an extremely small and limited print run as a hardcover original only. The edition is now rare. A stunningly beautiful production by Bill Henson, Martin Jaeggi, and Walter Keller: Oversize-volume format in very wide oblong shape. Black cloth boards with black titles embossed on spine, as issued. Photographs by Bill Henson. Except for a brief coda, there is no text. Printed on thick coated stock paper by Steidl in Gottingen, Germany to absolutely the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Bill Henson's sequence of photographs of naked couples making love brilliantly juxtaposed with urban nighttime landscapes (the "lux"/light of the title refers to photography itself). The metaphor of night - for sex and intimacy as well as loneliness and desolation - endows the sequence with a "life-and-death" significance that is very rarely seen in photography. You will not restlessly flip through but carefully linger over each page (the book's design also makes sure that you do). The sequence (it is perfect) is poetic rather than "playful", which almost all other photography books are, and as such, its contemplative effect is truly powerful. "Bill Henson is a passionate and visionary explorer of twilight zones, of the ambiguous spaces that exist between day and night, nature and civilization, youth and adulthood, male and female. His photographs of landscapes at dusk, of the industrial No-Man's Land that lies on the outskirts of our cities, and of androgynous couples adrift in the nocturnal turmoil of adolescence are painterly tableaux that continue the tradition of Romantic literature and painting in our post-Industrial Age. The rich chiaroscuro, the oscillating light, and the masterful composition of his photographs map enigmatic states that escape rationalism's iron grip, providing a much-needed antidote to a culture that increasingly loses itself in a numbing vortex of blinking screens and glittering surfaces" (Dennis Cooper). Bill Henson's work is in the Permanent Collections of the Bibliotheque Nationale Paris, the Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum New York, the Museum of Modern Art, and every major Australian museum. Henson has represented Australia (he still lives and works in Sydney) in prestigious international exhibitions such as the Venice Biennale. A "must-have" title for Bill Henson and contemporary art photography collectors. This title is now highly collectible. This is one of extremely few copies of the First Hardcover Edition still available online and has absolutely no flaws, a pristine beauty. Most of the remaining copies available online were obviously read and have major flaws. A rare copy thus. 125 color plates. One of the greatest living artist/photographers. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER COPY OF THIS TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 3908247551. $1500.00

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