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Jasmin, Paul. PAUL JASMIN: CALIFORNIA DREAMING. Gottingen, Germany: Gerhard Steidl Druckerei Und Verlag/Edition 7L, 2010. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 160 pages. As New/As New.

Collection of color photographs. One of the most beautiful erotic art photography books of our time. Advance Signed Copy. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. A brilliant production by Dimitri Levas: Oversize-volume format. Black cloth boards with titles embossed on spine, as issued. Photographs and text by Paul Jasmin. Printed on thick coated stock paper in Gottingen, Germany to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Paul Jasmin's third collection of photographs of his beloved Los Angeles, as embodied by the young people who are irresistibly drawn to it. His new collection is restrained and subdued; Jasmin's focus is on the beauty of the male and female face and body (rather than full-frontal nudity). All of the models were students at the Art Center College of Design Pasadena (batch 2005 through 2009), where Jasmin has taught photography for a very long time. In other words, Jason Wilder, the subject on the cover, and all of the other beautiful young men and women in the book aspire to be artists, designers, and photographers themselves, working behind the camera rather than posing in front of it. As with "Hollywood Cowboy" (2002) and "Lost Angeles" (2004), these pensive images may very well be the first and only time we shall see them as the attractive and unbearably sexy youth that they all are. The title is from the anthem-song by The Mamas And The Papas, and begs the question: What does it mean as far as these portraits of youth are concerned? "I always tell my students that they have to develop a rich fantasy life and have a highly active imagination. California is an alluring place, but I look at Hollywood as a state of mind; it's all in the imagination. Our culture today is crammed full of celebrity imagery, Photoshop reality, digital enhancement, and I for one am not buying into it. It is when I see the faces of the models and students and aspiring artists who pass through my life that I long to photograph them. That is my fantasy life. They keep me dreaming" (Paul Jasmin). What a life. A "must-have" title for Paul Jasmin collectors. This is an Advance Signed Copy, and it is very boldly, elaborately, and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Paul Jasmin. Bruce Weber and Sofia Coppola hosted a pre-launch reception for the book, in New York City in December 2010; the book is commercially available in early 2011. This title will become highly collectible. This is the only signed copy available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. 100 color plates supplemented with vintage photographs from Paul Jasmin's personal archives. One of the finest living American artist/photographers. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER PAUL JASMIN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 3869300302. $200.00

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