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Carroll, Patty. ANONYMOUS WOMEN DRAPED: PHOTOGRAPHS BY PATTY CARROLL. Chicago, IL: Patty Carroll Studios, 2014. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 70 pages. Fine.

Artist Book. Collection of draped female portraits. One of the most brilliant portraiture projects of our time. The first and only edition. Published in a tiny print run as a softcover original only. There is no ISBN. The Artist Book is now scarce. An austerely elegant production by Patty Carroll: Regular-sized volume format. Pictorial softcovers with titles on the cover, as issued. Photographs by Patty Carroll. Except for quotations from various iconic figures such as Virginia Woolf and Mahatma Gandhi, there is no text. Printed on archival stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents, in a lovely collectible format, Patty Carroll's "Anonymous Women Draped". Deploys all of the conventional elements of portraiture, except for the most important one: The Face, which she covers completely. In a series that has now blossomed into a full-fledged book, "Anonymous Women Draped" is a breakthrough in contemporary portrait photography (the idea would not have worked as well or at all in any other medium). Carroll calls the work "un-portraits". Her project touches on the feminist themes of female domesticity and its effect on the individual's personal identity. Why, after all, do women in Islamic countries have to cover or hide their faces? Religious considerations aside, the point is surely to deny them their individual identity. Patty Carroll sees a similar phenomenon working, more subtly and insidiously, in contemporary Western societies: "The work stems from my obsession with the idea of home: What it means, where it is, and what it feels and looks like. Sometimes, the home can be a place to hide in or where you silently go about chores that nobody ever notices. It can be a place of contemplation and mystery, myth, or a familiar place to go, but also a place where personal psycho-dramas get played out. I began to think about the obsession we have with The Home, but in particular, women and home. It's like men and cars. Women become obsessed with the home. The drapery pictures are about becoming the dwelling itself, the home as engulfing the person, it being a part of you, and you being a part of it. You don't need to see the face in order to appreciate these personalities" (Patty Carroll). No, of course not, if one's personality is self-defined by the home. "Originally trained in graphic design but later studying under Garry Winogrand and Aaron Siskind at the Institute of Design, she references everything from a painting by Rene Magritte to a play-fight with her assistants. Other influences include religious iconography and 19th-century images of babies, which included hidden mothers, obscured by cloth, holding their children still for the long exposure". An absolute "must-have" title for Patty Carroll collectors. This title will become a contemporary art photography classic. As far as we know, this is the only copy of the Artist Book available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Copies available online have serious flaws or are remainder-marked. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with full-page color plates. One of the most brilliant photographers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER PATTY CARROLL AND LALLA ESSAYDI TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). $30.00

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