Fenton, Susan (Artist/Photographer) & Silk, Gerald (Contributor). SUSAN FENTON: HAND PAINTED PHOTOGRAPHS: THE INDEPENDENCE FOUNDATION CATALOG. Philadelphia, PA: Independence Foundation/Susan Fenton, 2002. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 44 pages. As New.

Catalog of the artist/photographer's body of work. The first and only edition. Underwritten by the Independence Foundation, none of the copies was commercially distributed. It was produced not for an exhibition but instead to showcase in published form Susan Fenton's mesmerizing work. There is no ISBN. The catalog is now scarce. An austerely elegant production by Susan Fenton: Oversize-volume format. Gray softcovers with silver titles printed on the cover. Photographs by Susan Fenton. Essay by Gerald Silk. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Susan Fenton's portrait-photographs, all of them original hand-painted silver-gelatin prints. "The black-and-white prints are developed on fiber-based paper, toned, and then meticulously painted with photographic oil pigments, layer upon layer" (Gerald Silk). "The work is not about the individual but more about the mood and emotional response or formal composition: A sense of the unknown, ambivalence, mystery, solemnity" (Susan Fenton). Fenton enjoys a cult following, and her work is in the Permanent Collection of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among other major venues of cutting-edge contemporary art. An absolute "must-have" title for Susan Fenton collectors. This title is now collectible. This is one of very few copies of the Catalog still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A scarce copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with color plates. One of the most brilliant living American artist/photographers. A fine copy. . $20.00

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