Kuhn, Mona (Photographer); Kai & Luzia (Contributors). MONA KUHN: PHOTOGRAPHS. Gottingen, Germany: Gerhard Steidl Druckerei Und Verlag, 2004. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 108 pages. Fine/Fine.

The photographer's second collection of nudes. One of the most beautiful erotic art photography books of our time. Limited Edition of 5000 copies. A brilliant production by Mona Kuhn and Gerhard Steidl: Oversize-volume format. Peach cloth boards with green titles embossed on spine, as issued. Photographs by Mona Kuhn. Text by Kai and Luzia. List of Plates And Acknowledgments appended at the end. Souvenir Invitation laid into the book. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper by Steidl in Gottingen, Germany to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Mona Kuhn's "Photographs". In many ways, still her best collection: Ethereal nude and semi-nude portraits in solo, duo, and group shots. The debt to the work of Jock Sturges is unmistakable (Kuhn thanks him in her Acknowledgments). Still, these are only so much about the vulnerable beauty of the human body insofar as they also somehow evoke an otherworldy state of grace that Mona Kuhn has explored so well in her work (and that Sturges does not in his) : "Evokes states of being that are at once foreign and familiar. When I first saw her images, I felt the dislocation of a time traveller encountering a realm that we, in modern life, have almost lost through our carelessness or consciously abandoned with our callousness. In that far-off place, figures sit or stand or lie together with natural grace, resembling the Greek gods that Roberto Calasso reminds us have never left the world even though we have overlooked their presence here. In her photographs, Mona enables these archetypes to spring into physical form once again from deep within our psyches" (Darius Himes). Kuhn has exhibited in the United States and Europe extensively, and her work has been championed by Sir Elton John, who owns the single largest collection of her work. An absolute "must-have" title for Mona Kuhn collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed, dated (in the year of publication), and inscribed in black pen-marker on the title page by the photographer: "With my best wishes, love and joy! Mona Kuhn 2004". The recipient is named, who is a Chicago-based photography expert and important artist-painter. This comes with a pristine copy of the Exhibition Invitation, which is laid into the book. As far as we know, this is the only such signed, publication-year dated, and inscribed copy of the Limited Edition available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Copies of the Limited Edition available online command as much as $200. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. 20 color, 33 tritone plates. One of the most brilliant photographers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER MONA KUHN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 3865210082. $80.00

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