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Carucci, Elinor (Photographer) & Taub, Gadi (Contributor). CLOSER: PHOTOGRAPHS BY ELINOR CARUCCI. San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books, 2002. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 120 pages. Fine.

Collection of color photographs that add up to a visual narrative. One of the most important American photographic debuts of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a very small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. An austerely elegant production by Elinor Carucci and Reiner Design: Oversize-volume format in oblong shape. Black cloth boards with gilt titles embossed on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Elinor Carucci. Essay by Gadi Taub. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in Singapore to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Elinor Carucci's "Closer". It is a domestic plot: A photo-narrative of her life as an Israeli-born, New York-based artist who is married to another artist, Eran Bendheim, a major subject of her work. Carucci explores the possibilities of photography as narrative, which, by now, has been one of the major projects of the Late-Modern period. Like the work of Nan Goldin, Jack Pierson, Mark Morrisroe, Philip-Lorca DiCorcia, David Armstrong, Leticia Letinsky, and Eileen Cowin, Elinor Carucci tells her story with the barest of captions: Deliberately flat, banal, and indeed redundant in some instances. The running motif of the series is coupling, with two couples, her father and mother, herself and her husband. The most moving aspect of her narrative is the unmistakable bond between Carucci and Eran, who appears with her on the cover in a perfectly composed shot. Throughout the book, we see them intimately, including lovemaking and post-coitus. In "The Ballad of Sexual Dependency", Nan Goldin chronicled a self-destructive and physically violent romance, which ended with her getting a black eye from her lover. Elinor Carucci is an almost boringly happy and fulfilled woman who has had the good fortune of finding her soul mate. She is stunningly beautiful and uninhibited about her body, and her body is the most expressive aspect of her art. "Reveals fragments of her life through self-portraits, family portraits, and affecting abstractions. A crucible of one artist's experience" (Publisher's blurb). An absolute "must-have" title for Elinor Carucci collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the half-title page by Elinor Carucci. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a contemporary art photography classic. As far as we know, this is the only signed copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Beware: Almost all other copies available online have serious flaws or are the Softcover Edition. A rare signed copy thus. 100 color plates. One of the most brilliant living American photographers. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ELINOR CARUCCI AND EILEEN COWIN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0811834948. $250.00

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