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Kuhn, Mona (Photographer) & Campany, David (Contributor). PRIVATE: PHOTOGRAPHS BY MONA KUHN. Gottingen, Germany: Gerhard Steidl Druckerei Und Verlag, 2014. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 104 pages. As New/As New.

The photographer's sixth collection of female nudes, interspersed with landscapes. One of the most beautiful erotic art photography titles 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 Mona Kuhn and Gerhard Steidl: Oversize-volume format. Khaki cloth boards with titles embossed on spine, as issued. Photographs by Mona Kuhn. Afterword/Essay by David Campany. List of Plates and Acknowledgments appended at the end. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in Gottingen, Germany to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Mona Kuhn's "Private". The photographer's ravishing collection of female nude portraits, melded to landscape images, earthy and ethereal at the same time. "Enters the heart of the American desert and returns with a sequence of pictures that is seductive, enigmatic, and a little unsettling. Proposes a world in which the real and the imaginary are one. Plants and animals on the edge of survival, sun-drenched landscapes, and wind-sculpted earth are intercut with a series of female nudes that push Kuhn's renowned sensitivity to human form into unexpected directions. Somewhere between the poetry of T. S. Eliot, the cinema of Robert Altman, and a lucid dream" (Publisher's blurb). "Her gaze on the bleached tones and broad expanses of light that bathe the Mojave Desert, a few hours drive from her Los Angeles home; landscapes wind-swept, inviting introspection. Punctuated throughout are female nudes, bathed in the same supple light and shadow, their faces serene. Expertly tuned to tease out the complex relationship between the vulnerability of the nude female form and the rugged natural context, which Kuhn employs as a backdrop against which the self is by turns magnified and diminished into a dreamy, sensual phenomenon" (Kevin Greenberg). An absolute "must-have" title for Mona Kuhn collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Mona Kuhn. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Kuhn signed very few copies, mainly through her publisher. This title is a contemporary erotic art photoraphy 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: There is a Deluxe Edition, which commands more than $900, rightly so. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. 59 color plates. One of the most brilliant living photographers. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER MONA KUHN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 3869307099. $80.00

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