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Lopez, Marcos (Photographer) & Gonzalez, Valeria (Contributor). MARCOS LOPEZ: DEBUT AND FAREWELL 1978-2009. Buenos Aires, Argentina: RM/Ediciones Lariviere, 2010. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 225 pages. Fine.

Retrospective collection of photographs. The single most comprehensive and important book on the photographic art of Marcos Lopez. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the 2011 Edition. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only that sold out shortly after publication. The First Edition is now rare. A brilliant production by Marcos Lopez: Oversize-volume format. Pictorial hard boards with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Marcos Lopez. Essay by Valeria Gonzalez. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in Buenos Aires, Argentina to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Published on the occasion of the retrospective exhibition of the same name held in Buenos Aires in 2010. Presents, in its rare First Edition format, Marcos Lopez's "Debut And Farewell 1978-2009". Indisputably the most popular - and most avidly collected/bestselling - Latin American photographer of our time, Marcos Lopez is the continent's Warhol. A first glance at his photographic-tableaux style will immediately put one in mind of a figure like David LaChapelle. The difference will also become quite apparent: LaChapelle unconditionally loves his subjects, who are his Hollywood fan's objects of desire and fantasy. Marcos Lopez, on the other hand, loves his subjects conditionally. There is an unmistakable dose of irony, satire, and even social criticism in his work without, however, any of the academic or pseudo-intellectual condescension one prevalently finds in "conceptual" art photography. It is perhaps more accurate to describe his attitude as one of affectionate ambivalence, the celebration of the vulgar as being, in its own inimitable way, sublime. "Celebrated internationally for his Pop Latino take on his native Argentina, in which the country is portrayed as 'a painted cardboard shopping center that flutters in the Patagonian winds'. This survey collects all of his work, from the 1970's to the Present, tracking his abrupt change to color photography and his recent documentary projects" (Publisher's blurb). An absolute "must-have" title for Marcos Lopez collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed, placed, and dated (in the year of publication) in black ink-pen on the title page by the photographer: "Marcos Lopez Buenos Aires 2010". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. The recipient is named, one of the most important figures in the art photography world. As is well-known, Lopez does NOT do public signings even in his native Argentina. This title is a contemporary art photography classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing (2010) available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: All other copies available online are the 2011 Edition. A rare signed copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with color plates and doublespreads. One of the most important and influential living Latin-American photographers. A fine collectible copy. . ISBN 8492480939. $250.00

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