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Carroll, Patty (Photographer) & Various Contributions. ANONYMOUS WOMEN: PHOTOGRAPHS BY PATTY CARROLL. Chicago, IL: Daylight Foundation, 2017. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 95 pages. As New.

Retrospective collection of draped female portraits. One of the most brilliant portraiture projects of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. A brilliant production by Patty Carroll: Oversize-volume format. Pictorial hard boards with gilt titles embossed on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs and text by Patty Carroll. Quotations from various iconic figures such as Virginia Woolf and Mahatma Gandhi. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper to the highest standards. The reproduction quality is exemplary in every respect. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Patty Carroll's "Anonymous Women". The full-fledged sequence that was first published as the Artist Book, "Anonymous Women Draped" (2012), the result of twenty, working years of meticulous preparation and fruitful realization. Deploys all of the conventional elements of portraiture, except for the most important one: The Face, which she covers completely. A breakthrough in contemporary portrait photography (the idea would not have worked as well or at all in any other medium). Carroll calls the work "un-portraits". Her project touches on the feminist themes of female domesticity and its effect on the individual's personal identity. Why, after all, do women in Islamic countries have to cover or hide their faces? Religious considerations aside, the point is surely to deny them their individual identity. Patty Carroll sees a similar phenomenon working, more subtly and insidiously, in contemporary Western societies: "The work stems from my obsession with the idea of home: What it means, where it is, and what it feels and looks like. Sometimes, the home can be a place to hide in or where you silently go about chores that nobody ever notices. It can be a place of contemplation and mystery, myth, or a familiar place to go, but also a place where personal psycho-dramas get played out. I began to think about the obsession we have with The Home, but in particular, women and home. It's like men and cars. Women become obsessed with the home. The drapery pictures are about becoming the dwelling itself, the home as engulfing the person, it being a part of you, and you being a part of it. You don't need to see the face in order to appreciate these personalities" (Patty Carroll). No, of course not, if one's personality is self-defined by the home. An absolute "must-have" title for Patty Carroll collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Patty Carroll. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a contemporary art photography classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with full-page color plates. One of the most brilliant artist/photographers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER PATTY CARROLL AND LALLA ESSAYDI TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1942084196. $80.00

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