First edition; buff paper over boards; unpaginated; glossy black and white and color photographs; tissue paper has been placed between the pages after the fact to protect the images; three page essay by Katherine Dunn. Bottom corner bumped with a small red mark. Else Fine. Published in conjunction with the photographic series of the same name at the Gagosian Gallery, 1995-1996. This was a collaboration between painter Jenny Saville and fashion photographer/filmmaker Glen Luchford to confront and challenge conceived notions of feminine beauty. After having observed the operations of reconstructive and aesthetic surgery, Saville was eager to express the violence and anesthetized pain of this experience in her own work. Luchford and Saville began an artistic collaboration that captures the full range of color, tonality and topography of live flesh, in large photographic tableaux. Distortions confront and coerce the viewer into an examination of one's own body and the grotesqueries and beauties inherent within. The images also recall biological specimens preserved, disembodied and disfigured. "The images offer, not a story, but an experience that begins in visceral uneasiness and gradually shifts to a haunted serenity. The discomfort is complicated. It is triggered partly by our sense of the instantaneous monstrosity of a normal human transformed by the spreading of the shape beyond what we understood as normal." - Katherine Dunn, from the exhibition catalogue This was Katherine Dunn's personal copy of the book. She received it as part of her payment for writing the included essay.
NUDE PHOTOGRAPHY BODY IMAGE BLACK AND WHITE COLOR PHOTOS GALLERY EXHIBITION FEMINISM WOMENS STUDIES BEAUTY