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Templeton, Ed. TOTALLY CORPORATE: THE ARKITIP ISSUE. Huntington Beach, CA: Ed Templeton, 2003. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 36 pages. Fine.

Collection of black-and-white photographs. Limited Edition of 1500 copies. The first and only edition. Published as a softcover/magazine ("zine") only. There is no ISBN. The Limited Edition is now rare. A brilliant production by Ed Templeton: Small-size, tabloid-magazine format. Photographs, erotic art, and text by Ed Templeton. Printed on archival stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. In protective plastic sheet. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Ed Templeton's "Totally Corporate". His most sexually explicit collection of photographs juxtaposed with sexually explicit art. The title is obviously ironic as there is nothing corporate much less totally so about teen-agers. While reminiscent of Larry Clark, Templeton disavows the similarity and refers to (that is, classes himself with) the work of other artists instead such as Robert Frank as his formative influences. It's a point well-taken for two reasons: First, Templeton was himself a real skateboarder who founded the Toy Machine Bloodsucking Skateboard Company and whose whole aesthetic is "youth culture" (as opposed to Clark's adult voyeurism). Second, his subject is the transition from childhood innocence to adolescent experience (whereas Clark's is, unapologetically, "teenage lust"). "Never before in history have we lived in a society where the personal documentation of peoples' private lives has been so public. However, when Ed Templeton began shooting these photographs of young people, this was not the case at all. Photography of this nature was restricted to few practitioners and existed in a rarefied world of young fans and aficionados. Templeton was surely an innovator. His images spread through youth culture like wildfire, and in many ways one could blame the photo-blog explosion partly on the fact that he took these photographs when he did. The photographs are beyond innocence. They brim with humanity in its most raw form. The basics of our sexual lives are reflected back to us in these images" (Aaron Rose). An absolute "must-have" title for Ed Templeton collectors. This copy is one of the Limited Edition, and it is very prominently and beautifully signed in metallic-silver pen-marker in front by Ed Templeton. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is now collectible. This is one of very few such signed copies of the Limited Edition still available online and as issued, an ephemeral tabloid magazine ("zine"), is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Please note: Templeton did NOT sign most copies of the Limited Edition. A rare signed copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with photographic and art plates. One of the most brilliant American photographers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ED TEMPLETON TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). $80.00

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