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Barney, Tina (Photographer) & Stipe, Michael (Contribution) . TINA BARNEY: PLAYERS. Gottingen, Germany: Gerhard Steidl Druckerei Und Verlag, 2011. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 75 pages. As New/As New.

Collection of color photographs. The true First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. A brilliant production by Chip Kidd: Oversize-volume format in oblong shape. Pictorial hard boards with titles on spine, as issued. Photographs by Tina Barney. Poem by Michael Stipe. Printed on thick coated stock paper in Gottingen, Germany to the highest standards. In matching pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Tina Barney's third collection. The title is a "double entendre": "Players" refers to actors and performers as well as the people whose "moves" (an acting term) make them players in society. It has never been enough to be rich if one wishes to make a difference; one must become a player. To be a player is to leverage every socially valuable asset one has: Wealth, social standing, natural charisma and intelligence, educational achievement and knowledge, and an unwavering determination to use them all because you need them all to influence how people think, act, and relate to one another. Barney's work is the most intuitively acute photographic record of the insights of Pierre Bourdieu, the visionary French thinker. Bourdieu's greatest insight is that Marx got it all wrong because social ("status") and human ("genius") capital are far more important than material ("money") capital. As such, Bourdieu anticipated in detail the Facebook phenomenon more than twenty years before it materialized. Tina Barney has chronicled the role that "status" and "genius" play in society in "Theatre of Manners" (1997) and "The Europeans" (2005). Instead of being a Magnum photojournalist (who is often "rich in a poor country/poor in a rich country"), she is an insider-photographer ("rich in a rich country") who has documented her own milieu. She broadens her horizon by adding legendary performers (including Michael Stipe, through his poem) to her inner circle, all captured in a more relaxed and well, playful form (players know how to party more than anybody else). Barney photographed The Wooster Group, the cutting-edge theatre company, and then juxtaposed them with such indelible subjects as Leo Castelli, the greatest art dealer of modern times, and his young wife in their New York apartment. The portrait of The Castellis is a masterpiece and should be studied by every aspiring portrait photographer. "Players" shows how photography itself has played a major social role in our lives. That photography is a player too is something Bourdieu understood and Barney has made her life-work. A "must-have" title for Tina Barney collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed and dated (in the year of publication) in black pen on the title page by Tina Barney. This title is an instant collectible. This is the only signed copy available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A very scarce signed copy thus. 68 color plates. One of the most brilliant living photographers. A flawless copy. . ISBN 3865219950. $100.00

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