Book by Weirmair, Peter
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Editor Weiermair comes at his subject--the contemporary photographic portrait--with a strong point of view, and the resultant collection takes a definite aesthetic position. August Sander and Richard Avedon are the acknowledged paradigm-setters for photo portraiture, and these works by 23 photographers accordingly resemble a kind of clinical specimen collection; they emphasize surfaces. None of the photographers show their subjects in action or at work, and few of them include an environment beyond that of a sterile studio. Character seems absent as the surface of the face and sometimes body is stressed, sometimes for its beauty, often for its strangeness. There are delights and surprises here, but more important is the overwhelming sense of the "seriousness" of modern life. Weiermair's other publications have been heavily devoted to homoerotic photographers, and behind the work of several represented here--Peter Hujar, Robert Mapplethorpe, Duane Michals, Andy Warhol--linger the specters of death and AIDS. Other photographers included--Annie Leibovitz, Mary Ellen Mark, Anne Zahalka, Taishi Hirokawa--manage to inject a spirit of absurdity, of humor. Overall, the book leaves us sensing the tragedy of the human condition--that each of us is doomed to live in one very specific body. Gretchen Garner
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Description du livre Edition Stemmle, 1994. État : New. *Price HAS BEEN temporarily REDUCED by 10% until Monday, Sept. 25* 160 pp., Hardcover, BRAND NEW!!. N° de réf. du libraire ZB1068727
Description du livre Stemmle, 1994. Rilegato. État : nuovo. New. Mint Copies., Ill. bn: --, Ill. colori: 130 duotone, Peso: 1160 gr. N° de réf. du libraire 3342-BB03