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Schneider, Gary (Artist/Photographer) & Kao, Deborah, Martin (Author). GARY SCHNEIDER: PORTRAITS. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Art Museum, 2004. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 121 pages. Fine.

Exhibition Monograph. The single most comprehensive introduction to the photographic art of Gary Schneider. Published in a small and limited first print run as a softcover original only by a University Press. An austerely elegant production by Daphne Geismar: Regular-sized volume format. Pictorial softcovers with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Gary Schneider. Text by Deborah Martin Kao, Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography at the Fogg Art Museum Harvard University and Senior Lecturer at Harvard University's Department of the History of Art and Architecture. Interview, Selected Exhibition History, and Selected Bibliography appended at the end. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Published on the occasion of the landmark exhibition held at Harvard University Art Museum from February 28 through June 13, 2004. The exhibition travelled on to The Contemporary Museum Honolulu from August 13 through October 10, 2004. Presents "Gary Schneider: Portraits". The best overview of the artist/photographer's ground-breaking work. "Considered one of the most thought-provoking photographers practicing today, Gary Schneider creates unique, luminescent portraits that transform their specific subject matter and probe the enigmatic character of identity. This remarkable book is the first to examine Schneider's innovative portrait work. Deborah Martin Kao discusses Schneider's re-presentation of nineteenth-century studio portraits, his handprint photograms, and his fragmented face portraits, all of which reveal as much about the language of photography as they do about the subjects being depicted. Shows how Schneider portrays the collaboration between artist and subject, seen in his use of a light pen to sculpt or trace his subjects over long exposures, and in his prints that display traces of movement in time. Discusses Schneider's work with scientists to create negatives from which he makes strikingly beautiful images of blood, DNA, and strands of hair, and how these represent a fascinating evolution in traditional thinking about the nature of photographic portraiture. Features an interview with Schneider that provides insight into the life and working methods of an extraordinary artist" (Publisher's blurb). The book also shows color photographs of the way the exhibition was presented at Harvard University Art Museum, making the experience of reading the book even more enjoyable and illuminating. An absolute "must-have" title for Gary Schneider collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Gary Schneider. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is now collectible. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the Exhibition Monograph available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. 103 color, 49 black-and-white plates. One of the most brilliant artist/photographers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER GARY SCHNEIDER TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 030010054X. $80.00

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