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Branco, Miguel Rio (Photographer); Levi Strauss, David & Salgado, Sebastiao & Leila (Contributors). MIGUEL RIO BRANCO: PHOTOGRAPHS: THE APERTURE FOUNDATION MONOGRAPH. New York City, NY: Aperture Foundation, 1998. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 150 pages. Fine/Fine.

Exhibition Monograph. Retrospective collection of photographs. The very first, and one of the best, retrospectives on the photographic art of Miguel Rio Branco in English. 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. A brilliant production by Aperture: Oversize-volume format. Black cloth boards with metallic-silver titles embossed on spine, as issued. Photographs by Miguel Rio Branco. Essay by David Levi Strauss. Appreciation by Sebastiao and Leila Salgado. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in Italy 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 Aperture Foundation New York City in 1999. Presents Miguel Rio Branco's "Photographs". "His colors seep out of their borders like bodily fluids, staining and contaminating everything around them. Bodies, bindings, wounds, and walls are wet with color. Even his mirrors bleed. Rio Branco's is an art of contamination, contagion, and corrosion, but also of resistance and transcendence" (David Levi Strauss). Miguel Rio Branco's work has been hailed for the way it vividly depicts the quiet anguish, carnal sensuality, and explosive violence of Latin America. It is the Latin spirit (rather than the continent itself) that interests him, and he has photographed in Europe to capture this "Latinity". A member of Magnum, it is hard to think of him as a documentary photographer. Indeed, his work is about the fundamentally subjective, non-documentary character of reality. The robust and simmering physicality of his images is the work of an artist/photographer who shows the underbelly of Roman Catholicism in all of its "Latinity, an extreme lyricism, contrasting affectivity and violence" (Adolfo Montejo). "My work has a lot to do with skin, for that is the surface connecting us to the world, in pleasure as much as in pain. Skin is a dialogue between outside and inside, a separation that is also a connection" (Miguel Rio Branco). The only American photographer whose work is of comparable power, beauty, and anguish is Alex Webb, who was clearly influenced by Rio Branco. An absolute "must-have" title for Miguel Rio Branco collectors. This title is a late-modern photography classic. This is one of very few 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: Copies available online have all kinds of flaws: Rubbing, bumping, crushing, soiling, you name it, but are priced as though they had collectible value. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A scarce copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with color plates. Miguel Rio Branco's "Silent Book" was selected as one of the greatest photography books in "The Photobook". One of the greatest artist/photographers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER MIGUEL RIO BRANCO, GERARDO SUTER, AND ALEX WEBB TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0893818011. $80.00

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