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Coller, Ian Van (Photographer); Renaldi, Richard (Editor) & Magona, Sindiwe (Contributor). INTERIOR RELATIONS: PHOTOGRAPHS BY IAN VAN COLLER. New York City, NY: Charles Lane Press, 2011. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 70 pages. Fine/Fine.

The photographer's debut collection of color portrait-photographs. One of the most beautiful photography books of our time. Limited Edition of 500 copies. The first and only edition. The Limited Edition is now scarce. A brilliant production by Ian Van Coller and Andrew Sloat: Oversize-volume format. Cream cloth boards with titles embossed on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Ian Van Coller. Essay by Sindiwe Magona, one of the most acclaimed South African writers of our time. Edited by fellow-photographer Richard Renaldi. Separations by Robert J. Hennessey. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper to the highest standards. The reproduction is exemplary in every respect. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Ian Van Coller's "Interior Relations". A photographic gallery of and for our time: Delicate and reverential portraits of South African housekeepers, nannies, and maids. "While Ian van Coller was growing up in the 1970's, the black women working in his parents' upper-class home in a whites-only suburb of Johannesburg were valued as members of the family. Nannies and maids who helped raise the children and run the household, they were ever-present confidants and friends. And yet they were conspicuously absent from family vacations and photo albums. Apartheid, though it has been officially consigned to history, continues to live on in nearly a million South African homes, where blacks still serve the needs of the white minority. Deftly probes this enduring racial fault line with a simple yet elegant premise: Black housekeepers, nannies, and maids pose for formal portraits in the homes that they care for. Though the subjects' white employers are never shown, evidence of their privilege crowds around the women, forever out of reach, every portrait a cameo of Apartheid in redux. For Sindiwe Magona, one of South Africa's most celebrated writers, working as a domestic in her youth provided a desperately-needed but meager income that she was forced to supplement by selling sheep heads on the street. Serving white families represented a constriction of the soul that was broken only by the force of will to become a writer. Magona channels the voices of Van Coller's subjects through her own years as a domestic worker. Offers a starkly original view of the intersection of race and class in post-Apartheid South Africa" (Publisher's blurb). An absolute "must-have" title for Ian Van Coller and Sindiwe Magona collectors. This copy of the Limited Edition is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Ian Van Coller. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a contemporary photography classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the Limited Edition available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Van Coller did NOT sign most copies of the book. Copies available online, all un-signed, command as much as $800 because the Limited Edition is scarce. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with color plates. One of the most brilliant photographers of our time. A fine collectible copy. . ISBN 0981877036. $200.00

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