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Waplington, Nick (Photographer) & Kafka, Franz (Contribution). YOU LOVE LIFE: PHOTOGRAPHS BY NICK WAPLINGTON. London, England: Trolley Books, 2005. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. Unpaginated. Fine.

Retrospective collection of color photographs, presented as an Artist Book. One of Nick Waplington's best books. Limited Edition of 1000 numbered and signed copies. The first and only edition. The Limited Edition is now scarce. A brilliant production by Nick Waplington and Martin & Wai: Oversize-volume format. Black cloth boards with gilt titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs and brief Introduction by Nick Waplington. Text Excerpt by Franz Kafka. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in Italy to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents, in a Limited Edition format, Nick Waplington's "You Love Life". A gem of a book: The photographer's "growing pains", as seen by him through photographs of "process" taken over a twenty-year period. The resulting photographic sequence (there is no accompanying text or even captions) suggests the arc of his young adult life. Waplington is a self-confessed hedonist and sensualist with a Pop sensibility, who has become more, not less, enamored of life as he has gotten older and by his own admission, only somewhat wiser. " 'You love life as much as we love death'. This statement was posted on a website sympathetic to the aims of al-Qaeda, in response to the Madrid train bombings of 2003. It was then re-interpreted by the President of the United States a couple of months later as: 'You choose life while we choose death'. I couldn't get these two statements out of my head and the subtle but profound differences which exist between them. It was this dichotomy and its many possible interpretations that provided me with the inspiration to produce this work, a work about life, the choices I have made, and the choices which have been made on my behalf. With these statements as my guide, I have put together a book that does not answer any of these questions, but enabled my understanding of why I took these pictures in the first place. It is, I hope, an uplifting piece of work which tracks my last twenty or so years from when I first picked up a camera until the present day" (Nick Waplington). An absolute "must-have" title for Nick Waplington collectors. This copy is one of the Limited Edition, indicated/numbered as such in gold pen-marker on the Front Limitation Page, and it is very prominently and beautifully signed in gold pen-marker by Nick Waplington. This title is a contemporary photography classic. This is one of few copies of the Limited Edition still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Many copies available online have major flaws and have no collectible value. A scarce signed copy thus. 78 color plates. Recipient of the British and European Kodak Awards, the Gandolfi Foundation Award, and the ICP Young Photographer Award. One of the most brilliant photographers of our time. A fine copy. . ISBN 1904563422. $80.00

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