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Witkin, Joel-Peter. JOEL-PETER WITKIN: THE TWELVETREES PRESS MONOGRAPH. Pasadena, CA: Twelvetrees Press, 1985. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 124 pages. Fine/Fine.

The artist/photographer's breakthrough debut collection. One of the finest art photography books of the 20th century. The First Limited Edition of 4000 copies. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. The First Limited Edition is now rare. An austerely elegant production by Joel-Peter Witkin and Jack Woody: Oversize-volume format. Black cloth boards with titles embossed on spine, as issued. Photographs and text by Joel-Peter Witkin. Original drawings by the artist/photographer reproduced as endpapers. Printed on pristine-white, thick uncoated stock paper in Lausanne, Switzerland to the highest standards. In stark black DJ with white titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents "Joel-Peter Witkin". The very first book on the now-much-published artist/photographer. The lapidary and singular art of Witkin, in what remains one of the most beautiful books ever: All of the photographs are stunningly reproduced on the right-hand page with their corresponding titles printed en face. Many of the images are now iconic, and have been reproduced in numerous subsequent books on Witkin. The vertiginous line between Arbus-ian voyeurism and Blakean mysticism that his work treads makes Witkin's work among the best ever taken by an American artist/photographer, very faraway, to be sure, from someone like Garry Winogrand, but also tragically grand in the way it is rooted in and captures our pain. "Between the advent of pain which is Birth, and the apotheosis which is Death, there is convalescence which is Life" (Joel-Peter Witkin). An absolute "must-have" title for Joel-Peter Witkin collectors. This title is a great art photography book. This is one of very few copies of the First Limited Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Many copies available online command hundreds of dollars even if they have serious flaws ("Very Good"). This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare copy thus. 44 duotone plates, 3 drawing reproductions. One of the most brilliant American artist/photographers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JOEL-PETER WITKIN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0942642155. $200.00

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