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Metzner, Sheila (Photographer); Lauren, Ralph & Metzner, M. Raven (Contributors). SHEILA METZNER: FORM AND FASHION. Santa Fe, NM: Arena Editions, 2001. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 220 pages. Fine/Fine.

Retrospective collection of black-and-white and color photographs. 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. An austerely elegant production by James Crump and Elsa Kendall: Oversize-volume format. Gray hard boards with titles embossed on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Sheila Metzner. Preface by Ralph Lauren. Foreword by Sheila Metzner. Introduction by M. Raven Metzner. List of Photographs and Acknowledgments appended at the end. Fashion drawings and designs reproduced on the front and back endpapers. Printed on pristine-white, thick uncoated stock paper by EBS in Verona, Italy 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 "Form And Fashion". A comprehensive retrospective and update of the photographer's Pre-Raphaelite-dreamy, delicate, gossamer work. The concluding volume of the trilogy that begins with "Objects of Desire" (1986) and continues with "Color" (1991). Includes commissioned work for some of the most prestigious brand names in high fashion such as Fendi, Ralph Lauren, Chanel, and also Victoria's Secret, male and female nudes, celebrity portraits of such figures as Warren Beatty (in one of the best photographs ever taken of him), Willem Dafoe, Uma Thurman, Tilda Swinton, Brooke Shields (a fabulous image), Kim Basinger, Tina Chow, Helena Bonham Carter, Isabella Rossellini, the very young David Lynch, and stylized still lifes created between 1980 and 2000. Metzner's mentors are Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Steichen as well as Man Ray and Charles Sheeler. The first two taught her how to take a good picture; the latter two, how to put her own distinctive personal stamp on it. The result is an extravagant display of romance, brilliance, and passion, and "a heady romanticism balanced by her precisionist style and sense of detail" (Publisher's blurb). 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 pristine beauty. A scarce copy thus. 145 duotone and color plates. One of the finest American photographers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER SHEILA METZNER TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1892041391. $60.00

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