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Skoupilova, Petra (Photographer); Metayer, Michel & Farova, Anna (Contributors). PETRA SKOUPILOVA: ZENY/LES FEMMES/WOMEN. Prague, Czech Republic: Kant Publisher, 2004. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 100 pages. Fine.

Retrospective collection of female nudes. One of the most beautiful erotic art photography books of our time. The first and only edition. Published in a small and limited first print run as a softcover original only. The book was not commercially distributed outside of the Czech Republic. The First Edition is now rare. A brilliant production by Petra Skoupilova and KANT: Regular-sized volume format. Pictorial softcovers with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Petra Skoupilova. Essays by Anna Farova, the leading authority on Czech photography, who was instrumental to Josef Sudek's global renown, and Michel Metayer. The pieces are in the Czech and French originals and felicitous English translations. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in Prague, The Czech Republic to the highest standards. The reproduction quality is exemplary in every respect. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Petra Skoupilova's "Zeny/Les Femmes/Women". Elegant female nudes in the Classical tradition. Celebrates the beauty of the female form, from the feminine perspective: This is how women see themselves, how they would like to be seen as such by other women, and of course, by their fellow men. Instead of the Artist Portfolio format, Skoupilova has adapted the private journal, what the French call the "journal intime", a visual diary that documents the complicity and trust between photographer and subject. Like her Czech and European predecessors, Skoupilova is clearly engaged in thinking about the genre: What we see is both a sensuous image and a visual idea, visceral in its appeal and precisely pitched in its register. As the great Anna Farova points out in her Essay, Skoupilova is a "mistress-master" of composition, with few equals when it comes to framing her images. The way they are cropped is an integral part of what she has to say. When we look at these beautiful images of beautiful bodies, we are forced to think about ourselves - and our stances - as human beings: How do we feel about OUR bodies and by extension, ourselves (instead of the other way around, given the pervasive cultural notion of beauty being an "inner" matter) ? Petra Skoupilova is still largely unknown in America. But her stature in her native Czech Republic (and in Europe) is well-established. Paul Berlanga, the Chicago-based photography expert, painter, and connoisseur of the artistic nude, regards her as a world-class photographer. When we think of the Czech nude, we think of Jan Saudek, the world-famous Czech photographer, with whom Skoupilova has nothing in common aesthetically. One day, we will think as highly of her, too. This lovely collection is a good place to start. An absolute "must-have" title for Petra Skoupilova collectors. This title is a contemporary erotic art photography classic. As far as we know, this is the only copy of the First Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: This title was not commercially distributed outside of the Czech Republic. A rare copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with photographic plates. One of the most brilliant photographers of the nude of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO JAN SAUDEK TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 808621771X. $50.00

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