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Calle, Sophie. BLIND. Arles, France: Actes Sud, 2011. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 110 pages. As New.

Artist Book. One of the greatest art photography books of our time. The first appearance of the title in English and in Braille. Published in a small and limited first print run of 5000 copies. Precedes and should not be confused with the 2012 Reissued Edition. The First Edition is now scarce. A brilliant production by Sophie Calle: Oversize-volume format. Glossy yellow hard boards with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Art and text by Sophie Calle. Printed on various archival stock papers in Arles, France to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Sophie Calle's "Blind", the culmination of a three-decade-long project that she began with a film where she asked blind people what their idea of beauty was. She accompanied her transcription of their responses with interpretations in the form of actual images. In her Artist Book, her considerate-ness is even more palpable and moving: Every response is rendered in English translation and then in Braille. These translations transform the book for those of us who can see (but cannot read French) and just as important, those among us who cannot see (but can read Braille) and therefore somehow see again. "With 'Blind', Conceptual artist Sophie Calle revisits three earlier works constructed around the idea of blindness. In 1986, in 'Les Aveugles' ('The Blind'), she questioned blind people on their representation of beauty. In 1991, in 'La Couleur Aveugle' ('Blind Color'), she asked blind people about their imagination of perception and compared their descriptions to artists' musings on the monochrome. In 2010, in 'La Derniere Image' ('The Last Image'), she asked people who had lost their sight what was the last image they could remember. Sophie Calle offers readers a reflection on absence, the loss of one sense and its compensation with another, and on the notion of the visible and the invisible" (Publisher's blurb). Like all artist/photographers, Calle is keenly aware that photography necessitates the act of invasion of someone else's privacy (Calle created the first Reality TV). She compensates (if that is the right word) for this invasiveness by enlarging her subjects, elevating rather than diminishing the undeniable fact of their existence. The beauty of Calle's art lies in the fact that it has surprising depths of vulnerable feelings, especially evident in "Blind", her most fully realized achievement thus far. An artist who enjoys "superstar" status in France, Sophie Calle is widely regarded as Christian Boltanski's successor (he himself said so) and was turned into one of the characters in Paul Auster's novel, "Leviathan" (1992). An absolute "must-have" title for Sophie Calle collectors. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of very few copies of the 2011 First Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Beware: Most copies available online are the 2012 Reissued Edition. A very scarce copy thus. Sophie Calle's "La Fille du docteur" was selected as one of the greatest photography books in "The Photobook". One of the greatest living artist/photographers. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER SOPHIE CALLE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 2330000588. $150.00

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