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Musafar, Fakir. FAKIR MUSAFAR: SPIRIT + FLESH. Santa Fe, NM: Arena Editions, 2002. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 195 pages. As New.

Artist Book. The artist/photographer's breakthrough debut collection. Now considered a contemporary erotic art photography classic. The first and only edition. Published in a relatively small and limited print run as a hardcover original only. The book is now scarce. A brilliant production by James Crump and Elsa Kendall: Oversize-volume format. Black hard boards with metallic-purple titles embossed on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Fakir Musafar. Text by Mark Thompson. List of Plates appended at the end. Printed on thick coated stock paper by EBS in Verona, Italy to the highest standards. In publisher's original shrinkwrap. Without DJ, as issued. Presents the most graphic, ritualistic, and compelling photographs taken by Fakir Musafar of himself and his devoted band of followers, who are lifelong converts to body mutilation, modification (to call it piercing would be an understatement), and ultimately, annihilation. What is the point of mutilating one's nipples, balls, and penis, all of them literally painful to watch and surely even more painful to undergo, if one is not prepared to die in the process? The point is to alter the body in the most radical way imaginable, beyond identity and beyond self-transcendence. Fakir Musafar, a meek-looking man, is the founder of the "Modern Primitive Movement". He is a shaman, artist, master piercer, and body modifier. Like Mapplethorpe's "sex" pictures, the photographs are beautifully composed, dramatically lit, and handsomely printed. "Their power as images, however, resides in the intense, unexpected beauty of Musafar's exploration of the spirit/flesh connection. Fakir Musafar is known worldwide for his fifty years of research and personal exploration into primitive body decoration and rituals. Fakir has been documenting himself and others with the camera, recording the interaction of spirit and flesh during body rituals, modifications, and decorations. The result of this half-century of visual documentation is an amazing compilation of images that underscore not only the peculiar beauty but also the sheer wonderment of body/spirit interplay" (Publisher's blurb). "I have spent years in awe and wonder trying to capture the mystery and beauty of nature. But in the end I keep coming back to the human body" (Fakir Musafar). "One can't help but wonder why one would want to poke very large nails into one's self or hang one's body from giant hooks like cattle carcass. For Fakir, pain is a portal to the divine. He has turned himself into a 'technician of the sacred', using his own body much the same way flagellants from a variety of religions use pain to seek the divine. When the young 13-year-old named Roland first began experimenting with body play in South Dakota, he carefully took and developed pictures of the rituals he was imitating from books and National Geographic Magazine. Nearly 60 years later, this boy is now a man named Fakir Musafar" (Libido Review). A book that gives new meaning to "cutting-edge", this is a "must-have" title for Fakir Musafar collectors. This title is now collectible. This is one of few copies still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A very scarce copy thus. 195 duotone plates. One of the most remarkable living artist/photographers. A flawless copy. . ISBN 189204157X. $80.00

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