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Taylor-Wood, Sam (Artist/Photographer) & Visser, Hripsime (Contributor). SAM TAYLOR-WOOD: THE PASSION CYCLE. Vienna, Austria: BAWAG Foundation, 2003. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. Unpaginated. As New.

Exhibition catalog, presented as an Artist Book. One of the most beautiful erotic art photography books of our time. The first and only edition. Published in a tiny print run as a hardcover original only. There is no ISBN. The book is now rare. A brilliant production by Sam Taylor-Wood and FUEL: Oversize-volume format. Red cloth boards with black titles embossed on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Sam Taylor-Wood. Afterword by Hripsime Visser. Japanese art-inspired decorative endpapers. Printed on thick uncoated stock paper in Vienna, Austria to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Published on the occasion of the exhibition of the same name held at the BAWAG Foundation Vienna from September 19 through November 30, 2003. Presents a suite of color photographs of a couple having sex. The images are presented as postcard-size "souvenirs". Arranged in a non-linear, anti-narrative order, Sam Taylor-Wood makes us view the images randomly rather than sequentially, in keeping with the "collecting" aspect of the project. Now, the one thing about sex, whether routine or extreme, is that it always happens in a narrative-like, beginning/middle/end sequence: Pre-coitus, coitus, post-coitus. And while every photograph is discrete, photography books make narrative possible, that is, a sequence that yields a storyline (as in the work of Robert Frank or Nan Goldin). Artist/photographer/film-maker Sam Taylor-Wood's approach in "The Passion Cycle" is about photography's fundamentally opposite possibility: The photograph as a sensory experience, as a performance, and as a cycle that comes full circle (rather than a story that has a beginning, middle, and end). After all, most people still look at photographs randomly, going from this image and that. "Inspired by shunga, which depict sexuality in a frank and unvarnished manner, the small format of the images refers to the voyeuristic relation that the collector has with shunga prints, comparable to that of the late 19th-century European collector of erotic photographs" (Hripsime Visser). The point of collecting is the same as looking at photographs: One does it in no particular order. Sam Taylor-Wood explores her fascination with sex further, this time for a huge global audience: She will direct the film adaptation of "Fifty Shades of Grey" (2014), for which she has hand-picked Jamie Dornan, an impeccable choice, in his breakthrough role as the eponymous hero. An absolute "must-have" title for Sam Taylor-Wood collectors. This title is an erotic photography classic. As far as we know, this is the only copy of the Exhibition Catalog/Artist Book available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare copy thus. 25 color plates. One of the most brilliant living artist/photographers. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER SAM TAYLOR-WOOD TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). . $500.00

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