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Sarfati, Lise (Photographer) & Medvedkova, Olga (Contributor). THE NEW LIFE/LA VIE NOUVELLE. Santa Fe, NM: Twin Palms Publishers, 2005. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 120 pages. As New/As New. Signed.

The photographer's breakthrough collection on American "youth culture". One of the most sensational photographic projects of the year 2005. Limited Edition of 3500 copies. An austerely elegant production by Lise Sarfati, Jack Woody and Francois Adragna: Oversize-volume format in wide oblong shape. Handsome black silk cloth boards with titles embossed on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Lise Sarfati. Essay, "Incipit Vita Nova", by Olga Medvedkova, in the French original and felicitous English translation. List of Plates appended at the end. Printed on thick uncoated stock paper by EBS in Verona, Italy to the very highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents the immensely talented French photographer's collection on American teen-agers, an outsider looking very perceptively in. In each of these elegant, laconic and pensive portraits, Lise Sarfati somehow captures the complexity of adolescent identity and defines it as a time when the simplest of human emotions becomes exalted and everything is lived with an intensity that will never happen again. No one has photographed American teen-agers like this and pulled it off so convincingly. "Her acute compositional sense combined with an instinctive feel for color, texture, and contrast creates a physical and psychological space which is both engaging and elusive" (Photographers Gallery London). The French have had a long and enduring fascination with American culture. Their snobbishness is ultimately a "defense mechanism" for their secret love affair with America. An evocative and moving collection, Sarfati's images rank with the work of Rineke Dijkstra. A "must-have" title for Lise Sarfati collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black marker on the title page by Lise Sarfati. She signed a very limited number of copies which are no longer available from the publisher. This is one of only two signed copies still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A very scarce signed copy thus. 54 color plates. One of the finest living photographers. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO JOSEPH STERLING TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1931885451. $150.00

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