(Click for larger image)

Palma, Luis Gonzalez (Artist/Photographer) & Orive, Maria Cristina (Contributor). LUIS GONZALEZ PALMA: THE FIRST HARDCOVER EDITION. Buenos Aires, Argentina: La Azotea Editorial Fotografica, 1993. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 82 pages. Fine.

The artist/photographer's breakthrough debut collection. One of the most sensational photographic debuts of the last decade of the 20th century. The First Hardcover Edition. Published in a one-time-only print run as a hardcover original of 50 copies only. Produced for the exclusive use of the publisher and artist, none of the copies was commercially sold. The regular trade edition itself is a softcover original of 1000 copies only. Both First Editions are now rare. A stunningly beautiful production by Luis Gonzalez Palma: Oversize-volume format. Glossy pictorial hard boards with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. The photograph of the boy on the cover ("Retrato del Nino") has become one of Gonzalez Palma's iconic images. Photographs by Luis Gonzalez Palma. Text by Maria Cristina Orive with an accompanying felicitous translation in English. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in Buenos Aires, Argentina to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents, in its rare Hardcover Edition, "Luis Gonzalez Palma". His ground-breaking and breathtakingly beautiful first collection. Luis Gonzalez Palma, who is now based in Argentina, has gained enormous and well-deserved international recognition over the past decade for his portraits that are rich with the symbolism of indigenous myth and culture, Catholicism and humanity. The figures that inhabit Gonzalez Palma's mythic world (angels, devils, hybrid creatures, and enigmatic characters) transcend time and place, suggesting that mysticism and beauty are his ultimate subject matter. "The feverish productivity of Luis Gonzalez Palma is the fruit of an active, intense personality, curious about all forms of contemporary creation; to the same extent, it is the fruit of a ritual art where working on the transformation of that which is natural is fundamental to the aesthetic outcome" (Introduction). Regarded by the Nobel Laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez as the finest Latin-American photographer of his generation, the late great writer used "La Rosa" (duotone with oil varnish) for the DJ cover of his novel, "Of Love And Other Demons". Gonzalez Palma's photograph of a woman garlanded with a skull, toned and white roses on her hair is a striking image that, by itself, captures what he is trying to say about the paradox of Latin America: A continent of ineffable beauty and unspeakable pain at the same time. An absolute "must-have" title for Luis Gonzalez Palma collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in blue pen on the title page by Luis Gonzalez Palma. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. It comes with rare copies of two exquisite Souvenir Materials, one of them also signed by the artist. This title is a contemporary art photography classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy (with signed Souvenir Material) of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and despite its imperfection (slight crimp on board's bottom corner, but it's there) is still in especially fine condition: Every single internal page is clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Please note: This Hardcover Edition was published in a one-time-only print run of 50 copies only for the exclusive use of the publisher and artist. None of the copies was commercially sold. The accompanying Souvenir Materials are no longer available anywhere else. A rare signed set thus. 32 color, 10 duotone plates. One of the finest Latin-American artist/photographers of our time. A fine collectible set. (SEE ALSO OTHER LUIS GONZALEZ PALMA TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 9509536164. $300.00

This item is available for purchase. This web page was most recently updated on August 06, 2020.