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Skrebneski, Victor. SKREBNESKI: THE PHOTOGALERIE HAMBURG EXHIBITION CATALOG. Hamburg, Germany: Photogalerie The Compagnie, 1982. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 77 pages. Fine.

Retrospective collection of black-and-white photographs. The first and only edition. Published in a tiny print run as a softcover original only. The Exhibition Catalog is now rare. An austerely elegant production by Skrebneski: Oversize-volume format. White softcovers with black titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Skrebneski. There is no text. Printed on glossy stock paper in Germany to the highest standards. The pages have not aged one bit after all these years. In two front covers: The first has a linen cloth spine, the second is an overlay. Without DJ, as issued. Published on the occasion of the photographer's landmark eponymous exhibition held from October through November 1982 in Hamburg, Germany. Presents the artist/photographer's work in reverse chronology, beginning with the most recent (1982) and ending with his early breakthrough collection (1967-1970). It is a carefully selected overview of Skrebneski's achievement, with emphasis on his dramatically lit male and female nudes and celebrity portraits. It also includes images that appear in book form for the very first time, notably a closeup photograph of the great artist Erte's hand and two male nudes. The exhibition is in four parts: a) the experimental series that preoccupied Skrebneski in the 1980's and became the core of "Black and White In Color"; b) a sequence of nude photographs of an African-American model, which anticipated (by more than a decade) and influenced Robert Mapplethorpe's "Black Book"; c) a selection of full-frontal nude photographs of Joe Dallesandro, Dennis Wayne, Joe McDonald, Tony Stephano, and the model known as Akt; and finally, d) the celebrity portraits of Vanessa Redgrave, Bette Davis, Truman Capote, Orson Welles, Andy Warhol, Diana Ross, and Francois Truffaut, among others, which immediately established Skrebneski's reputation in the late-1960's and early 1970's. The late great fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy paid Skrebneski the ultimate tribute anyone could hope for when he called the latter "an artist, not just a photographer". While he is celebrated for his masterly use of light and shadow, his images, not just his nudes, are erotic, brimming with sensuality and vitality in a way that contemporary art photography consciously avoids (because it cannot be faked, you are either a sexual being or not) and is therefore its self-inflicted loss. "The art of Victor Skrebneski is sublime, provocative, and completely beautiful" (Hubert de Givenchy). An absolute "must-have" title for Skrebneski collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed, dated, and inscribed in black pen-marker by the artist/photographer: "Skrebneski 20 X 93". The recipient is named. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the Exhibition Catalog available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. It has not faded or aged at all after more than thirty years. A rare signed copy thus. 37 plates. One of the greatest living artist/photographers. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER VICTOR SKREBNESKI TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN B003YVRWE4. $150.00

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