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Mahmoodian, Amak. SHENASNAMEH: PHOTOGRAPHS BY AMAK MAHMOODIAN. Bristol, England: RRB Books/ICVLStudio, 2016. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 120 pages. As New.

Artist Book. One of the most intriguingly beautiful art photography books of our time. Limited Edition of 300 copies. The first and only edition. Made possible by personal donors led by the great British novelist Martin Amis, who are all credited (in English text). A brilliant production by Amak Mahmoodian and RRB Books: Small-size volume format. Red leatherette boards that mimic an Iranian passport, as issued. Portrait-photographs and text by Amak Mahmoodian. Black cloth pouch. Printed on pristine-white, thick uncoated stock paper in the United Kingdom to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents, in a Limited Edition format, Amak Mahmoodian's "Shenasnameh". Without benefit of helpful text in English, the Artist Book is deliberately opaque yet also deeply intriguing. So here is her own introductory text in full: "I am Iranian. I was born in 1980, the same year as the Islamic Revolution. I learned how to wear my scarf when I was seven years old. I still remember putting it on for the first time, getting ready for my first day at school. It was me, my mother, and a mirror. Two years later, my religious teacher stopped me in the corridor for letting my hair show. She told me to cover my hair completely. She said, 'When you die, Amak, you will go to hell and you will be hanged with your hair strand over a very big fire for all eternity because you didn't hide it from the eyes of strangers in your lifetime'. Six years ago, I was waiting in a reception room, holding the birth certificates of my mother and me. We looked similar in our ID photographs. That same day my fingerprint was fixed next to my image, and my mother's fingerprint next to her image. Despite the outward similarity of the images, the fingerprints were different; the scar I had on my finger became part of my identity next to my photograph. I decided this meant something, that our identities were entwined with these official identities, with these prints and these papers. In the following three years, I collected similar images and fingerprints from different women in Iran. Each was different from the other, and had a story to tell" (Amak Mahmoodian). And that is what this relentless catalog of portraits austerely depicts. An absolute "must-have" title for Amak Mahmoodian collectors. This copy is one of the Limited Edition, and it is very prominently and beautifully signed in Arabic ("Persian") alphabet in black ink-pen on a specially printed sheet by Amak Mahmoodian. The sheet is neatly laid into the book, NOT pasted to it. This title will become a contemporary Artist Book classic. This is one of few copies of the Limited Edition still available online, comes with the original black cloth pouch, and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A scarce signed copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with photo-ID plates. One of the most moving photographic projects of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO LAURA EL-TANTAWY'S "POST-SCRIPT" TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0993232345. $150.00

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