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Morrisroe, Mark. MARK MORRISROE. Santa Fe, NM: Twin Palms Publishing, 1999. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 197 pages. As New/As New.

Posthumous collection of photographs. Now considered a contemporary classic. Limited Edition of 4000 copies. An austerely elegant production by Jack Woody: Oversize-volume format. Cloth boards with titles on spine, as issued. Photographs and excerpts from his diaries by Mark Morrisroe. Printed on thick coated stock paper to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles and running text on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents in a beautiful Limited-Edition format the very first retrospective of the photographer's ground-breaking work. Mark Morrisroe died of AIDS at a very young age, before he could realize his dream of becoming a great and celebrated artist. Many of the photographs he left behind have a raw power, energy, and vitality as well as an underlying sadness that the artist could not disguise. Mostly self-portraits, many of them are full-frontal male nudes. The photograph showing Morrisroe lying down in bed with one arm raised and a bird perched on his hand is now widely considered one of the finest photographic images ever taken. Morrisroe was attractive and not surprisingly, was obsessed with both the glory of the male body as well as its inevitable decline. He photographed himself up to the very end when, dying, he took pictures of himself, as frail as a foetus, a shell, a prematurely aged shadow of his youthful self. "It kills me to look at old photographs of myself and my friends. We were such beautiful, sexy kids, but we always felt bad because we thought we were ugly at the time. It was because we were such outcasts in high school and so unpopular. We believed what other people said. If anyone of us could have seen how attractive we really were, we might have made something better of our lives. I'm the only guy that I know who wanted to run away to be a prostitute" (Mark Morrisroe). Morrisroe was the real thing: A brilliant artist whose life and art were cut short by a devastating illness. A "must-have" title for Mark Morrisroe collectors. This title is now highly collectible. This is one of few copies still available online, is still in the publisher's original shrinkwrap, and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. It is surprisingly difficult to find in fine condition: Many copies are remainder-marked or heavily soiled. A very scarce copy thus. 204 color plates. One of the most brilliant American photographers of the 20th century. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER MARK MORRISROE TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0944092624. $80.00

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