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Seltzer, David (Artist/Photographer) & Barth, Miles (Contributor). ROUGH CUTS: PHOTOGRAPHS BY DAVID SELTZER. New York City, NY: Yancey Richardson, 1995. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 15 pages. Fine.

Exhibition catalog. The first and only edition. Published in a tiny print run as a softcover original only. There is no ISBN. The catalog is now rare. A brilliant production by David Seltzer and Arne Lewis: Oversize-volume format. Photographs and photo-collages by David Seltzer. Text by Miles Barth. Printed on stiff coated stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Published on the occasion of the exhibition of the same name held at the Yancey Richardson Gallery New York in 1995. Presents a sampling of David Seltzer's finest and most representative photographs. At the time the work was created, Seltzer was in his early twenties, but was already being compared to both Duane Michals and Joel-Peter Witkin. The comparison with Michals is due to the fact that all of his photographs have text in them, not just captions. The comparison with Witkin is due to the unusual, disturbing, and erotically charged imagery. Both artist/photographers have championed Seltzer's work. Seltzer reminds us of other matters that neither Michals nor Witkin has shown interest in, fused into one arresting photographic collage: American popular art, film noir, rock and punk music (Seltzer did many of the most celebrated album covers for Warner Brothers, Geffen Records, and Polygram), and Charles Bukowski. Two of his most famous images, "Her Men Had No Faces, 1989" and "Decision by Steel, 1989", are masterly: The former shows a woman holding a man's penis. Both of them are fully dressed, foreplay as sexier to look at than actual intercourse. The latter is an image of a man committing suicide by blowing his brains out. The gun is pointed to his chin, but what shocks is the black spray painted above his head, which refers to blood. Because Seltzer does not show real blood (or use the color red), he suggests a level of violence beyond the act of suicide itself. An absolute "must-have" title for David Seltzer collectors. This title is a cult photography classic. This is one of very few copies still available online and is in fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. All other copies available online have major flaws. A rare copy thus. 15 plates. One of the most brilliant living photographers. A fine copy. . $50.00

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