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Schles, Ken (Photographer); Calvino, Italo; Ellison, Ralph & Kafka, Franz (Contributions). THE GEOMETRY OF INNOCENCE. Ostfildern-ruit, Germany: Hatje Cantz Publishers, 2001. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 128 pages. As New.

Collection of photographs. One of the most important art photography books of our time. Limited Slipcased Edition of 50 copies, each of which comes with a numbered, titled, and signed original silver-gelatin print. Superior to and should not be confused with the regular hardcover trade edition, which was published simultaneously with it. They have the same ISBN. A brilliant production by Ken Schles: Oversize-volume format. Black cloth boards with black titles embossed on the spine, as issued. Photographs and Manifesto/Essay by Ken Schles. The title comes from the lyrics of Bob Dylan's "Tombstone Blues". Text fragments by Franz Kafka, Ralph Ellison, Walter Lippmann, and Italo Calvino. 8 X 10 inch silver-gelatin print matted, framed, and laid into its own black cloth folder. Matching black cloth slipcase. Printed on thick glossy stock paper in Germany to the very highest standards. Presents, after a long hiatus, Ken Schles' ambitious second collection. There is something disturbing and uncompromising about each image, by itself and in the context of the collection's sheer relentlessness. Schles' point is that we should not be distracted but be completely immersed. He also has a didactic purpose, which he articulates in his essay, "must-reading" for anyone uncritically enamored of photography (this includes many serious photographers and critics). While his essay is critical about photography, Schles is not against photography. Indeed, the latter stance would be self-defeating because even the most tendentiously biting "anti-photographic" art photograph can be coopted by the system to reinforce unjust social structures and feed an insatiable and corrupt mass culture. Instead, he is for a photography that somehow retains its subversive power and strengthens people given the fact that "we are formed by a flawed society. Yet, however boldly or tenuously we engage our lives, we love, we hate, we struggle" (Ken Schles). A "must-have" title for Ken Schles and art photography collectors. This copy is one of the Limited Slipcased Edition, indicated as such on the Back Copyright Page. It comes with an 8 X 10 inch original silver-gelatin print that is very prominently and beautifully numbered, titled, and signed in pencil on verso by the photographer: "Ken Schles The End of the World From The Geometry of Innocence 43/50". This edition is now highly collectible. This is one of only two copies still available online and has absolutely no flaws, a pristine beauty. The other copy apparently has a major publisher's creasing flaw that is not present in this copy. A very rare signed copy thus. 106 color, 87 duotone plates, 1 original print. One of the most brilliant living photographers. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER KEN SCHLES TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 3775710116. $1200.00

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