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Day, F. Holland (Photographer) & Crump, James (Author/Curator). SUFFERING THE IDEAL. Santa Fe, NM: Twin Palms Publishing, 2000. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 86 pages. As New/As New.

Landmark posthumous collection of the photographer's work. One of the most beautiful books on the photographic art of F. Holland Day. Limited Edition of 5000 copies. An austerely elegant production by Jack Woody and James Crump: Oversize-volume format. Yellow cloth boards with black design and titles embossed on the cover and spine, as issued. The cover is adapted from Aubrey Beardsley's original cover art and design for Oscar Wilde's "Salome". Photographs by F. Holland Day. Essay, "Suffering The Ideal", by James Crump. The essay, which is in six titled parts, is one of the best pieces Crump has ever written, a definitive overview, appreciation, and assessment of F. Holland Day's achievement. List of Plates with detailed Captions and Notes appended at the end. Printed in four colors with varnish on wood-free stock paper to the very highest standards. In publisher's original shrinkwrap. In clear glassine DJ, as issued. Presents some of the finest and most representative works by F. Holland Day, one of the medium's finest Pictorialists, who went on to become one of its seminal Modernists. F. Holland Day saw art as a medium for both eroticism and mysticism. In his most ethereal photographs, he combined both, evoking the enduring glory of the past and his own historically vulnerable "sentimentality", the euphemism at the time for homosexuality ("straight" men were described as "earthy" and "sensual" while homosexuals were "idealistic" and "sentimental"). Crump examines F. Holland Day's beginnings, evolution, and continuing relevance. Even though contemporary male erotic art photography is no longer "sentimental", the photographer has remained an influence on figures like John Dugdale and Bill Jacobson, to name just two great contemporary artists. F. Holland Day's goal was self-transcendence whereas many of his descendants today just want to have fun. Among the most famous portraits is that of the angelically handsome Khalil Gibran, who remains a popular cult figure among followers of mystical teachings. "The first great photographer of the male nude" (Jack Woody). A "must-have" title for F. Holland Day collectors. This title is now highly collectible. This is one of few copies of the Limited Edition still available online, is still in the publisher's original shrinkwrap, and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. Most copies available online are in very poor condition: Remainder-marked, the glassine DJ heavily rubbed, and the internal pages soiled. A very scarce copy thus. 86 color plates. One of the greatest artist/photographers of the 20th century. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER F. HOLLAND DAY TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0944092330. $80.00

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