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Dugan, Jess T. (Photographer) & Travis, David (Contributor). EVERY BREATH WE DREW: PHOTOGRAPHS BY JESS T. DUGAN. Chicago, IL: Schneider Gallery, 2012. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 35 pages. Fine.

Exhibition Catalog. Collection of color portrait-photographs. The first and only edition. Published in a very small and limited print run as a softcover original only. Should not be confused with the book of the same title that will be released in late-2015. There is no ISBN. The catalog is now rare. It is beautifully produced on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper, with an illuminating Essay by David Travis of the Art Institute of Chicago, to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Published on the occasion of the landmark exhibition of the same name held at the Schneider Gallery Chicago in 2012. Presents Jess T. Dugan's "Every Breath We Drew". Each portrait is that of a transgender male ("female-to-male"/FTM), including Dugan himself. Each of the men is (often breathtakingly) handsome. "Intimate portraits that engage with issues of identity, sexuality, gender, and community. Working within the framework of queer experience and actively constructed masculinity, these portraits examine the intersection between private, individual identity, and the search for intimate connection with others. The photographs are made in private spaces, often the subject's home or bedroom, using medium- and large-format cameras to create a sustained engagement that results in an intimate portrait" (Jess T. Dugan). Transgender = Transition, Transformation, Transfiguration. It is a multi-step process. You saw how beautiful Caitlin Jenner is, after going through with it, in her ground-breaking Vanity Fair Magazine Cover and then on ESPN. Here are her male counterparts, as drop-dead gorgeous as she is. Dugan is reluctant to talk openly about beauty because the trans movement is still in its early stages as far as mainstream culture is concerned. But beauty is the larger, broader vision (and concern) behind gender identity. Aesthetics precedes ethics. How often must this be said in moralistic America: For better or for worse, as human beings, not just as Americans, we all think "good versus bad" (aesthetics) before we think "good versus evil" (ethics). That is ultimately what makes the transgender the radical figure he or she is. An absolute "must-have" title for Jess T. Dugan collectors. This title is now collectible. As far as we know, this is the only copy of the Exhibition Catalog available online and is in fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A rare copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with full-page, color plates. One of the most brilliant living American photographers. A fine copy. . $30.00

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