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Cabral, Fabio (Photographer) & Stanley, Lawrence A. (Contributor). ANJOS PROIBIDOS ("FORBIDDEN ANGELS") . New York City, NY: Ophelia Editions, 2000. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 72 pages. As New/As New.

Revised And Expanded Edition of the photographer's collection of female nudes. One of the most beautiful and most controversial erotic art photography books of our time. The first appearance of the title in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a very small and limited print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now very rare. An austerely elegant production by Alaistair Johnson: Oversize-volume format. Hard boards with metallic-silver titles embossed on spine, as issued. Photographs by Fabio Cabral. Introduction by Lawrence A. Stanley. Printed on thick coated stock paper in Tokyo, Japan to the highest standards. In publisher's original shrinkwrap. In pictorial DJ with black titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Fabio Cabral's "Anjos Proibidos". "The angels in these photographs are so-called because they do not appear to be of this world, the adult world, in which they have been captured. Instead they inhabit a realm of sensuality that is still in the process of becoming. They are forbidden because, having been fleetingly captured, they must be freed again to return to that realm to which they belong" (Publisher's blurb). Cabral paid dearly for wanting to capture his otherworldly angels, however fleetingly, on film. In Brazil, his book was burned, the negatives confiscated and damaged, his studio shut down, and he and his gallery sued by the Government. After winning his case, he had problems all over again with the American publication, this time for arbitrary reasons (one of the models, back to earth and now full-grown, felt her privacy was violated). Hauled back into court, Cabral ultimately prevailed. By then, the damage, which was the authorities' sole intention, had been done, effectively rendering his book unavailable to the mass market. As such, it is, of course, the quintessential collector's item. Anyone who has seen Bruce Weber's "O Rio De Janeiro" or Mario Testino's "Any Objections?", to mention only two titles in what is now a crowded library on Beautiful Brazil, will surely find all this amusing. The late great fashion designer Gianni Versace considered the Brazilians as the world's most beautiful people (so does All-American hero Tom Brady, who married the Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen, a fixture on the international fashion scene since she was a teenager). Since Versace was from Italy, where the idea and actual presence of youthful beauty have been celebrated and depicted since the Renaissance, his judgment was provocative and controversial in a different way. Cabral's problems did not stem from the fact that Brazil is Roman Catholic and has had a long history of authoritarian rule. It is because compared to Bruce Weber, Mario Testino, and Gianni Versace, he is almost completely unknown, with no socially prominent supporters, and even less money. The Brazilian Edition contained 24 images. The Complete Series, which includes another 27 plates, is presented in this edition only. An absolute "must-have" title for erotic art photography collectors. This title is now highly collectible. This is one of very few copies of the First American Ediiton/First Printing still available online, is still in the publisher's original shrinkwrap, and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Almost all other copies available online have major flaws because they have been pored over repeatedly. A rare copy thus. 51 duotone plates. A fine collectible copy. . ISBN 1888425172. $1500.00

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