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Levy, Stu. GRID-PORTRAITS. Tucson, AZ: Nazraeli Press, 2010. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 108 pages. As New.

Retrospective collection of multi-perspective portrait-photographs. One of the most beautiful art photography books of our time. Limited Edition of 1000 copies. A brilliant production by Stu Levy and Chris Pichler: Oversize-volume format. Salmon Japanese cloth boards with photographic reproduction pasted on the cover and black titles embossed on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs and text by Stu Levy. Printed on thick coated stock paper in China to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Stu Levy's so-called "grid-portraits", multiple photographs taken of a subject that the artist/photographer then re-integrated and re-composed into one portrait using a rigorous grid template/format. Each of them is presented in foldouts throughout the book. "In the mid-1980's, Stu Levy began making grid-portraits in order to overcome his frustration with traditional portraiture's limited point-of-view. These constructs of photographs, consisting of twelve to twenty-five individual images, scan the architecture and flow of time in a subject's living or working environment. The resulting portraits, usually of artists, craftspeople, and musicians, are made in the subjects' studios or living spaces and serve as a backstage tour of the artist's mind and creative process. Levy is fascinated by the artifacts that fill these spaces, the possessions by which the subjects are themselves possessed. Rather than confining himself to a single 'decisive moment', Levy explores its antithesis, a maze of scrambled time. These are made with a view camera using 4 X 5-inch negatives to allow for precision of detail. The sections are printed together to form the illusion of glancing through a window at a 'snapshot' of an event, which in reality might consist of fragmentary views made months apart and in totally separate rooms or environments. Among the subjects included in this important new monograph are Dr. Stanley Burns, Linda Connor, Barbara Crane, Jay Dusard, David Hockney, Graham Nash, and Jerry Uelsmann" (Publisher's blurb). Stu Levy's "Cranial, Czar, Eh?" is one of the best One Picture Books in the legendary Series, and is beautifully reproduced here. David Hockney is himself a ground-breaking, Cezannesque explorer of the multiplicity of points-of-view that the camera enables ("Hockney Cameraworks"), and his presence alone in this book is worth the price of entry. A "must-have" title for Stu Levy collectors. This copy is one of the Limited Edition, and it is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Stu Levy. This title is an instant collectible. This is one of very few signed copies of the First Limited Edition still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A very scarce signed copy thus. 168 duotone plates. One of the most brilliant living American artist/photographers. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER STU LEVY TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1590053079. $70.00

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