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Michals, Duane. EROS & THANATOS. Santa Fe, NM: Twin Palms Publishing, 1992. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 64 pages. Fine.

The photographer's fourth collection of photographs with accompanying text published by Twin Palms. One of Duane Michals' finest achievements. The First Limited Edition of 5000 copies. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. The First Limited Edition is now rare. An austerely elegant production by Duane Michals and Jack Woody: Oversize-volume format. A tall and slim book. Black cloth boards with gilt titles embossed on the cover and spine and photographic reproduction pasted on the recessed center, as issued. Photographs and text by Duane Michals. Printed in sheetfed gravure on pristine-white, thick uncoated stock paper to the highest standards. The reproduction quality is exemplary in every respect. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Duane Michals' "Eros & Thanatos". Photography as poetry: His lyrical meditation on the closely intertwined demands of death and desire. Recalling the only collection Peter Hujar published in his lifetime, "Portraits In Life And Death", its conflation of poetic fragments and photographs, executed in Michals' identifiable style, probes love and mortality, wisdom and the search for inner peace. There is a metaphysical sense of "looking through a glass darkly", towards a distant, eternal time. Michals' use of male models, who possess both serene beauty and sensuality, relieves his otherwise relentlessly dark imagery. The sequence ends with a self-portrait of the artist/photographer smiling triumphantly, looking as though he has not only survived the perilous journey, but somehow prevailed in the end. An absolute "must-have" title for Duane Michals collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in blue ink-pen on the very first page by Duane Michals. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a late-modern art photography classic. This is one of few such signed copies of the First Limited Edition still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Duane Michals did NOT sign most copies of the Limited Edition. Copies available online have serious flaws, are subsequent printings, or are remainder-marked. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. 43 sheetfed gravure plates. One of the greatest artist/photographers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER DUANE MICHALS TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0944092209. $100.00

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