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The Editors of Portfolio Magazine & Ritts, Herb. HERB RITTS: "BODY ART" PORTFOLIO MAGAZINE STERN PORTFOLIO LIBRARY OF PHOTOGRAPHY. Hamburg, Germany: Stern Gruner + Jahr AG, 1997. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 110 pages. Fine.

Retrospective collection of photographs. Special Limited and Numbered Edition. Number 8 in the continuing Series by Stern. The single most rare and collectible title in the entire Series. The first 50 Issues of the Stern Portfolio Library of Photography, the most avidly collected Photography Series of its kind in the world, were all published as softcover originals only. A brilliant production by Stern: Oversize-volume format. A very tall and slim book. Pictorial softcovers, which utilizes an extreme closeup portrait of tennis great Boris Becker (only his shaved head, bare shoulders, and arms are visible), and with titles on the cover, as issued. Photographs by Herb Ritts. Printed on thick coated stock paper in Germany to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Herb Ritts' very first contribution to the now-legendary Series whose brilliant concept is to devote each Issue to a particular photographer, either as a "Portfolio Issue" or as a "Spezial Fotografie". "Body Art" was originally and privately published as a regular-sized exhibition catalog called "Form", on the occasion of the exhibition at Fahey/Klein Gallery Los Angeles and to celebrate the launch of the Tag Heuer premium line, "Kirium". "Body Art" is, in effect, the "super"-size version, and is simply stunning. Presents some of Herb Ritts' most austerely elegant and ravishingly beautiful male and female nudes, all of them world-renowned athletes. Aside from tennis champions Boris Becker and Carlos Moya, soccer superstar Kazu, Olympic superstar-winners Amy van Dyken, Jacqui Agyepong, Jean Galfione, Dan O' Brien (in an imitation pose of Herb Ritts' famous "Nude Men Jumping" image), and Vitaly Scherbo are presented as living homages to Greek Classical sculpture (all of the athletes look like statues come-to-life). The stark simplicity of the lighting and near-absence of a set and props heighten the focus on the subjects. The athletes look like they have been scrubbed clean of physical imperfections, marbled beauties, gleaming, immaculate, and sublime. The athlete as model of perfection has a long and rich tradition, and Herb Ritts' work in the same vein will probably be his most enduring legacy. The Portfolio Magazine/Spezial Fotografie Series have become eminently collectible and now include Contributions by Peter Beard, William Klein, James Nachtwey, Francis Giacobetti, Annie Leibovitz, Nan Goldin, Mario Testino, David LaChapelle, Bruce Weber, Ellen von Unwerth, Giorgia Fiorio, Horst, Martin Parr, and Andreas H. Bitesnich, among many others. A "must-have" title for Herb Ritts collectors. This title is the single most collectible Issue in the Series. This is one of extremely few copies still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. As they finally disappear, copies available online now command as much as $1000. A very rare copy thus. One of the most brilliant American photographers of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER HERB RITTS, PORTFOLIO MAGAZINE, AND SPEZIAL FOTOGRAFIE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 3570191354. $350.00

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