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Metzner, Sheila (Photographer) & Strand, Mark (Contributor). SHEILA METZNER: OBJECTS OF DESIRE. New York City, NY: Clarkson N. Potter, 1986. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 67 pages. Fine/Fine.

Landmark collection of color photographs. One of Sheila Metzner's finest achievements. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. A brilliant production by Sheila Metzner and Katy Homans: Oversize-volume format. Linen cloth boards with gilt titles embossed on spine, as issued. Photographs by Sheila Metzner. Introduction by the great American poet Mark Strand. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. The reproduction quality is exemplary in every respect. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Sheila Metzner's "Objects of Desire". Some of the photographer's finest and most representative images in an exquisitely produced inaugural volume. The first volume of the trilogy that continues with "Color" (1991) and ends with "Form And Fashion" (2001). "The painterly look of these portraits and still lifes is enhanced by the muted colors and grainy texture of her prints, achieved through the unique Fresson Atelier process" (Publisher's blurb). Sensual, poignant, evocative, seductive, daring, enigmatic, original: These are just some of the words frequently invoked to describe the work of an immensely talented photographer who now has a considerable body of work to warrant every word. "Hers is a photography that goes to passionate lengths to arrive at a still point, a kind of hush, in which emotions themselves become objects of study" (Max Kozloff). Kozloff's comment deliberately recalls how Pre-Raphaelite painting - a Metzner influence and inspiration - is often described. An absolute "must-have" title for Sheila Metzner collectors. This title is a photography classic. This is one of few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. It is the single most beautiful copy we have ever seen. Please note: Copies available online have serious flaws: Price-clipped, creasing, wrinkling, wear and tear, soiling, you name it, this exquisitely produced book has endured more than its fair share. A rare copy thus. 54 color plates. One of the finest American photographers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER SHEILA METZNER TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0517562340. $70.00

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