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Monasterio, Pablo Ortiz (Artist/Photographer) & Guillermoprieto, Alma (Contributor). PABLO ORTIZ MONASTERIO: DESAPARECEN? . Tucson, AZ: Nazraeli Press, 2017. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 68 pages. As New/As New.

Artist Book. Commemorative collection of photographs. One of the most moving photography books of our time. The First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a one-time-only print run as a saddle-stitched softcover original only. A few copies come with a brown paper bag that was provided and hand-titled by the artist/photographer himself. An austerely elegant production by Pablo Ortiz Monasterio and Chris Pichler: Regular-sized volume format. Pictorial softcovers with titles on the cover, as issued. Photographs by Pablo Ortiz Monasterio. Poem by David Huerta. Excerpt of "Mexico: The Murder of The Young" by Alma Guillermoprieto. Since it is "must-reading", a pristine copy of the Essay in its entirety is enclosed. Printed, appropriately enough, on newsprint uncoated stock paper. In the artist's original brown paper bag, with "Desaparecidos?" faintly hand-written by him, itself vividly evoking disappearance. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Pablo Ortiz Monasterio's "Desaparecen?". A harrowing document and a poignant elegy of a quintessential tragedy. "For centuries, artists have drawn on social and political events for inspiration. Artists have created works that, taken directly from current controversial news, inform and move the viewer in ways that simple journalism or editorial commentary fall short. A piercing work of photographs and poetic words beautifully collaged to implant in our memory a horrific event: The mysterious disappearance of 43 poor activist students travelling by bus (which they commandeered) to Mexico City" (Publisher's blurb). The Artist Book is "as modest as the students were poor: Staple-bound, on matte paper, mono-toned ink, priced to be accessible in Mexico. Unorthodox and essential: It begins and ends with a list of the boys' names and their youthful faces, as they appear on the 'have you seen' handouts distributed by their parents. In between, is the photographer's homage and reckoning" (Anne Wilckes Tucker). An absolute "must-have" title for Pablo Ortiz Monasterio collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black pen on the first page by Pablo Ortiz Monasterio. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. It also comes in the artist's brown paper bag, which is entitled in metallic-silver pen marker by him: "Desaparecidos?". The latter, while quite visible, is beautifuly rendered as though it is disappearing before our eyes. This title will become a contemporary art photography classic. As far as we know, this is the only such titled and signed copy of the First Edition/First Printing available online and, as produced, is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Only a few copies come with the brown paper bag. There is a Deluxe Edition for $1000. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. 43 plates. One of the most brilliant Latin-American artist/photographers of our time. . ISBN 1590054466. $40.00

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