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Palma, Luis Gonzalez (Artist/Photographer) & Wood, John (Contributor). POEMS OF SORROW: PHOTOGRAPHS BY LUIS GONZALEZ PALMA. Santa Fe, NM: Arena Editions, 1999. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 152 pages. Fine/Fine.

Retrospective collection of photographs. Now considered a contemporary art photography classic. The first and only edition. Published in a very small and limited print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now very scarce. An austerely elegant production by Luis Gonzalez Palma and James Crump: Oversize-volume format. Red cloth boards with titles embossed on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Luis Gonzalez Palma. Essay by John Wood. Matching red satin ribbon bound-in. Printed on thick uncoated stock paper by EBS in Verona, Italy to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents his third retrospective monograph and the very first book to be published in the United States on Luis Gonzalez Palma. He has gained an international cult following for his portraits that are rich with the symbolism of indigenous myth and culture, Catholicism and humanity. The figures that inhabit Gonzalez Palma's mythic world (angels, devils, hybrid creatures, and enigmatic characters) transcend time and place, suggesting that mysticism and beauty are his ultimate subject matter. Regarded by the Nobel Laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez as among the finest living Latin-American photographers of his generation, late greatt Garcia Marquez used "La Rosa" (duotone with oil varnish) for the cover DJ of his novel, "Of Love and Other Demons" (it was also used as the cover image for the Dutch Edition of Garcia Marquez's masterpiece, "One Hundred Years of Solitude"). Gonzalez Palma's photographs capture what he is trying to say about the paradox of Latin America: A continent of ineffable beauty and unspeakable pain. "Gonzalez Palma's images unfold with increasing significance, resulting in an underlying sense of tension and foreboding that is only slightly eased by their sheer loveliness" (A. D. Miller). "I live in a country where there is mysticism and violence at the same time, where you are enjoying nature and the helicopters are flying overhead to bomb some region, where you know that as you are working, someone is being killed or someone is being baptized" (Luis Gonzalez Palma). An absolute "must-have" title for Luis Gonzalez Palma collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the half-title page by Luis Gonzalez Palma. This title is a contemporary photography classic. This is one of very few signed copies still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. 70 color plates. One of the finest living Latin American artist/photographers. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER LUIS GONZALEZ PALMA TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1892041057. $250.00

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