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Gest, Ben (Photographer); Soussloff, Catherine M. & Walker, Hamza (Contributors). BEN GEST: PHOTOGRAPHS. Chicago, IL: The Renaissance Society At The University Of Chicago, 2006. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 80 pages. As New/As New.

Retrospective Exhibition Monograph. The single most important book on the photographic art of Ben Gest. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a tiny first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. An austerely elegant production by Ben Gest and Jason Pickleman: Oversize-volume format. Khaki cloth boards with titles embossed on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Ben Gest. Essay by Catherine M. Soussloff. Interview with the artist by Hamza Walker. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine as issued. Published on the occasion of the landmark retrospective exhibition held at the Renaissance Society of the University of Chicago in 2006. Presents Ben Gest's "Photographs". "Captures his lone sitters at the chance interstices of deep reflection, when the self dwells in thought. The construction of the self as it happens before Gest's camera serves to question the construction of that self in reality. Gest uses digital photography to monumentalize photography's ability to capture such fleeting moments. Each photograph is seamlessly constructed from hundreds of digital images of the sitter and their surroundings. The photographs' initial straightforward appearance can only be maintained at a cursory glance. Gest's subtle and not-so-subtle exaggerations of proportion and perspective quickly betray the images as Mannerist constructions" (Publisher's blurb). With their static character, the photographs recall the ground-breaking work of Philip-Lorca DiCorcia yet have a contemplative, thoughtful quality of their own. Individually and cumulatively, they remind us of the necessity - and beauty - of PAUSING as we go about our hectic lives. An absolute "must-have" title for Ben Gest collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Ben Gest. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. He signed on top of the page, making it even more prominent. 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 available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Most copies available online either have serious flaws or command unheard-of prices because the book is now quite scarce. A rare signed copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with full-page color plates and illustrative materials. One of the most brilliant living American photographers. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO BEN GEST ORIGINAL PRINT IN "STEPHEN DAITER GALLERY: 15 YEARS" TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0941548511. $70.00

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