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Meatyard, Ralph Eugene (Photographer); Parry, Eugenia & Siegel, Elizabeth (Contributors). DOLLS AND MASKS. Santa Fe, NM: Radius Books, 2011. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 135 pages. As New/As New.

Retrospective collection of photographs. One of the most beautiful books on the photographic art of Ralph Eugene Meatyard ever published. The First Hardcover Edition. Published simultaneously with the Deluxe Edition. An austerely elegant production by Radius Books: Oversize-volume format. Cloth boards with metallic-silver titles embossed on spine, as issued. Photographs by Ralph Eugene Meatyard. Text by Eugenia Parry and Elizabeth Siegel. Printed in tritone on thick coated stock paper to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Published to coincide with the exhibition of the same name held at the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011, which travelled on to other major venues. Presents and contextualizes some of Ralph Eugene Meatyard's most hauntingly beautiful images. Most of them have never before been seen in public. All of them appear in published form for the very first time. "Ralph Eugene Meatyard created and explored a fantasy world of dolls and masks in which his family and friends played the central roles on an ever-changing stage. His monograph, 'The Family Album of Lucybelle Crater', published posthumously in 1974, recorded his wife and family posed in various disquieting settings, wearing masks and holding dolls and evoking a penetrating emotional and psychological landscape. The book won his work critical acclaim and has been hugely influential in the intervening decades. 'Dolls And Masks' opens the doors on the decade of rich experimentation that immediately preceded its production. Writer and historian Eugenia Parry and curator Elizabeth Siegel contribute essays that set the stage for this foray into the unknown work of one of the last century's most intriguing photographers" (Publisher's blurb). An absolute "must-have" title for Ralph Eugene Meatyard collectors. This title is now collectible. This is one of few copies of the First Hardcover Edition still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A scarce copy thus. 70 tritone plates. Ralph Eugene Meatyard's "The Family Album of Lucybelle Crater" was selected as one of the greatest photography books in "The Photobook" and by The Hasselblad Center. One of the greatest photographers of the 20th century. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER RALPH EUGENE MEATYARD TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). $70.00

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