Matar, Rania (Photographer) & Minot, Susan (Contributor). A GIRL AND HER ROOM: PHOTOGRAPHS BY RANIA MATAR. Brooklyn, NY: Umbrage Editions, 2012. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 130 pages. Fine/Fine.

Retrospective collection of color photographs. One of Rania Matar's finest achievements. 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. The First Edition is now scarce. A brilliant production by Rania Matar and Umbrage Editions: Oversize-volume format. Pictorial hard boards with titles on spine, as issued. Photographs by Rania Matar. Text by Susan Minot, one of the most brilliant American writers of our time. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Her ground-breaking and deeply affecting portraits of feminine youth, stranded, happily and ambivalently, between childhood and adulthood. This psychological state is incarnated in their innermost, private space, their bedrooms, which they - like ALL of their fellow teen-agers all over the world, male and female - have turned into their primary medium for self-expression. "Captures the interior lives of teenage girls and young women in intimate portraits, taken within the personal spaces of her subjects' bedrooms. From spartan cleanliness to chaotic disarray, stark and paint-chipped to clothing-cluttered and graffiti-ed, each room offers an insider's peek into the mind of the girl who lives there, her values, her desires, and her fears. Matar has succeeded in an unbiased documentary that questions what it means to grow from girl to woman, and how our identities spill over into our material worlds" (Publisher's blurb). "What's most striking about Matar's photography is its balance between The Realistic and The Poetic. She is the documentarian as lyricist, someone who, while recording the incongruous, discovers the transcendent" (Mark Feeney). An absolute "must-have" title for Rania Matar collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed, dated (in the year of publication), and inscribed in metallic-silver pen-marker on the title page by the photographer: "Dear Martha, Thank you for believing in my work. Love, Rania Matar 2012". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. The recipient, Martha Schneider, is the owner/curator of Schneider Gallery Chicago, and is one of the most important figures in contemporary art and photography. This title is a contemporary photography classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed, publication-year dated, and inscribed copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with color plates. One of the most brilliant photographers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER RANIA MATAR TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1884167764. $80.00

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