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Schneider, Gary (Artist/photographer) & Various Contributors. GARY SCHNEIDER: GENETIC SELF-PORTRAIT. Syracuse, NY: Light Work, 1999. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 64 pages. Fine. Signed.

Collection of photographs on subject, presented as an Artist Book. One of Gary Schneider's most important achievements. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. An austerely elegant production by Gary Schneider and Jeffrey Hoone: Regular-sized volume format. Black cloth boards with metallic-silver titles embossed on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographic reproduction pasted on the recessed center. Photographs and Notes on the individual plates by Gary Schneider. Essays by Ann Thomas, Lori Pauli, and Bettyann Holtzmann Kevles. Printed on thick coated stock paper by The Stinehour Press Vermont in the United States to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Published on the occasion of the landmark exhibition held at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art California, which travelled on to the Musee de l'Elysee Lausanne Switzerland, The National Gallery of Canada Ottawa, and the International Center of Photography (ICP) New York. Presents Gary Schneider's "Genetic Self-Portrait". Photographs developed around the brilliant and unusual idea of the imagistic and metaphorical possibilities of invisible (to the naked eye) human genetic data. At the same time, the images' "scientific" component is unmistakable: "This project stems from an intriguing offer Schneider received in 1996 to make photographs in response to some of the revolutionary discoveries that were emerging from the Human Genome Project, an international research team that is attempting to map the more than 100, 000 genes that compose human DNA. Combining his interests in self-portraiture and biology, Schneider consulted with doctors and geneticists, examined diagnostic and forensic photographs, as well as X rays, radiographs, photograms, and micrographs of specimen samples of various parts of his own body" (Publisher's blurb). This is Conceptual photography that is imagined rather than merely conceived, the work of a great artist who has given us a rare glimpse into the human soul in all its beauty, pain, and "materiality", through vivid and poetic photographs of the human DNA. An absolute "must-have" title for Gary Schneider collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in pencil on the title page by Gary Schneider. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a contemporary art photography classic. This is one of very few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Almost all other copies available online have serious flaws. A rare signed copy thus. 23 color plates. One of the most brilliant living artist/photographers. A fine copy. (SEE OTHER GARY SCHNEIDER TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0935445102. $70.00

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