Palma, Luis Gonzalez (Artist/Photographer) & Orive, Maria Cristina (Contributor). LUIS GONZALEZ PALMA: THE FIRST EDITION. Buenos Aires, Argentina: La Azotea Editorial Fotografica, 1993. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 82 pages. Fine.

The artist/photographer's breakthrough debut collection. One of the most sensational photographic debuts of the last decade of the 20th century. The First Edition. Published in a very small and limited print run of 1000 copies only that sold out shortly after publication. The book is now rare. A stunningly beautiful production by Luis Gonzalez Palma: Oversize-volume format. Glossy pictorial softcovers with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. The photograph of the boy on the cover ("Retrato del Nino") has become one of Gonzalez Palma's iconic images. Photographs by Luis Gonzalez Palma. Text by Maria Cristina Orive with an accompanying felicitous translation in English. Printed on thick coated stock paper in Buenos Aires, Argentina to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents the Latin-American artist/photographer's ground-breaking and breathtakingly beautiful first collection. Luis Gonzalez Palma, who is now based in Argentina, has gained enormous and well-deserved international recognition over the past decade 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. "The feverish productivity of Luis Gonzalez Palma is the fruit of an active, intense personality, curious about all forms of contemporary creation; to the same extent, it is the fruit of a ritual art where working on the transformation of that which is natural is fundamental to the aesthetic outcome" (Introduction). Regarded by the Nobel Laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez as among the finest living Latin-American photographers of his generation, the late great writer used "La Rosa" (duotone with oil varnish) for the DJ cover of his novel, "Of Love and Other Demons" (it was also used as the cover image of the Dutch Edition of Garcia Marquez's masterpiece, "One Hundred Years of Solitude"). Gonzalez Palma's photograph of a woman garlanded with a skull, toned and white flowers on her hair is a striking image that, by itself, captures what he is trying to say about the paradox of Latin America: A continent of ineffable beauty and unspeakable pain at the same time. "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 manipulate in order to emphasize the heart-rending" (Luis Gonzalez Palma). An absolute "must-have" title for Luis Gonzalez Palma collectors. This title is a contemporary art photography classic. This is one of very few copies of the First Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare copy thus. 32 color, 10 duotone 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 9509536164. $150.00

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