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Anderson, Jonathan & Low, Edwin. ATHLETES & GYMNASTS. Santa Fe, NM: Twin Palms Publishing, 2002. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 192 pages. As New/As New. Signed.

Collection of toned black-and-white photographs. The first and only appearance of the titles as a Combined Edition. Published as a Limited Slipcased Edition in a small and limited print run as hardcover originals only. Precedes and should not be confused with the regular trade editions, which were released subsequently and separately. The Limited Slipcased Edition is now rare. An austerely elegant production by Jack Woody: Oversize-volume format. Pictorial hard boards with titles on spine, as issued. Photographs by Jonathan Anderson and Edwin Low. Two separate volumes encased in one slipcase. The first volume is called "Athletes". The second, "Gymnasts". The slipcase is in black cloth with gilt titles embossed on spine. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ's, as issued. Published on the occasion of the landmark exhibition of the same name held at the National Portrait Gallery in London in 2002. Presents Jonathan Anderson & Edwin Low's "Athletes & Gymnasts". The most magical collaboration thus far between the two photographers who have worked together as the photographic team of Anderson & Low since 1990. Based in London, the two met while sharing a darkroom and have since collaborated on a broad range of photographic projects encompassing portraiture, architecture, and male nudes. Recently, their work has focussed on various aspects of sports and the lives of athletes. "Athletes" features photographs taken during the three years prior to the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. The photographers attempted to photograph an athlete from virtually every country that participated in the Olympics. The result is some of the most spectacular and most memorable images ever taken on the subject. The shot of a swimmer proudly standing on the floor of a swimming pool evokes every human being's desire to be "at home" in the water as much as on solid ground. "Gymnasts" features photographs of the incomparable National Danish Gymnastic Team. Every shot shows the team of male gymnasts nude, emphasizing the beauty, power, and grace of these athletes as they assume Greek-Classical poses, work through routines, and defy gravity in breathtaking "aerial" photographs. The eroticism is subdued yet unmistakable, and therefore all the more powerful. Only the very best of Bruce Weber's sports photographs and Annie Leibovitz's "Olympic Portraits" comes close to what Anderson & Low have achieved in these photographs. An absolute "must-have" title for Anderson & Low collectors. This copy of the Combined Edition of "Athletes & Gymnasts" is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen by Jonathan Anderson and Edwin Low. This title is a contemporary photography classic. As far as we know, this is the only Limited Slipcased Edition available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. Please note: The number of copies of the Limited Slipcased Set was tiny, sold out shortly after publication, and is now highly collectible. The two books were then subsequently sold separately, making the Combined Edition set quite special indeed. A rare signed set thus. 70 duotone plates. Two of the most brilliant photographers of our time. A flawless collectible set. . ISBN 1931885044. $250.00

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