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Sank, Michelle (Photographer); Goldblatt, David & Lucey, Helen (Contributors). BECOMING: PHOTOGRAPHS BY MICHELLE SANK: THE LIMITED EDITION. Belfast, Ireland: Belfast Exposed Photography/Ffotogallery, 2006. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 95 pages. Fine/Fine.

Retrospective collection of color photographs. One of Michelle Sank's finest achievements. Limited Edition of 1000 copies. The first and only edition. The book is now scarce. A brilliant production by Michelle Sank: Oversize-volume format. Pale gray hard boards with titles on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Michelle Sank. Essays by the great South African photographer David Goldblatt and academic expert Helen Lucey. Printed on thick coated stock paper in Belfast, Ireland to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents, in a Limited Edition format, Michelle Sank's "Becoming". "Contains a selection of portrait-photographs from projects developed over five years. Accompanied by texts from academic Helen Lucey and veteran photographer David Goldblatt. Michelle Sank has photographed young people in different social contexts across the United Kingdom. The portraits have been produced through a heady mix of 'street photography' and negotiated youth-group collaborations. Michelle Sank has worked with young people living in inter-face areas of Belfast, young carers responsible for a sick parent or sibling, teenage mothers, and juvenile offenders on a rehabilitation program. She has worked on residencies in Cardiff, Belfast, and Liverpool. Michelle Sank is interested in the experience of growing up, that difficult transition from childhood to adulthood. Her photographs have a strong formal aesthetic, but are not staged, and the subjects are not directed. Individuals are invited to present themselves to the camera as they deem appropriate. The outcome is a series of portraits that reveal a quiet conflict within its subjects. The young people confidently embrace the opportunity to be photographed with attitude and grace. At the same time, they appear vulnerable and doubtful, questioning the complex process and changing realities of becoming an adult. She is interested in the way that individuals are shaped by social structures, how gender, sexuality, class, and ethnicity enter into us as subjects" (Publisher's blurb). An absolute "must-have" title for Michelle Sank collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed, dated, and inscribed in black ink-pen on the title page by the photographer: "With best wishes, Michelle 14/03/10". The recipient is named, one of the most important figures in the art photography world. This title will become a contemporary photography classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the Limited Edition available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with color plates. One of the most brilliant living photographers. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO MONIKA MERVA "THE CITY OF CHILDREN" TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 187277167X. $80.00

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