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Joel-Peter Witkin [Hardcover]

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This pocket-size catalogue of the American artist Joel-Peter Witkin's inimitable work includes a selection of more than 50 astonishing photographs, a collection that expresses the artist's unique point of view on an extraordinary segment of humanity. Witkin's powerful and transgressive images are renowned for their depiction of outsiders including dwarves, transsexuals, hermaphrodites and physically deformed people. They are equally appreciated for their high aesthetic refinement, referencing classical paintings, Baroque art, Surrealism and other genres including still lifes and religious episodes. Witkin has said that his vision and sensibility were initiated by an episode he witnessed as a small child--a car accident in front of his house in which a little girl was decapitated. He has also said that problems in his family were an influence: his Jewish father and Catholic mother parted over religious differences.

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Studio: Photology
Pages   96
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.5" Width: 5.3" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2007
Publisher   Photology
ISBN  8888359257  
ISBN13  9788888359250  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Joel-Peter Witkin was born (with his twin brother, the painter Jerome Witkin) in Brooklyn in 1939 to a Jewish father and a Catholic mother. He went to Catholic school until he entered high school, and in his early twenties, from 1961 to 1964, he worked as a war photographer in Vietnam. He has had recent solo exhibitions of his work at Hasted Hunt Gallery, New York, Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago and Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles. His work is in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, among many others.

Joel-Peter Witkin was born in 1939.

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Small repros. Not much info at all (5 pages, large print)  Nov 20, 2007
WARNING: this site seems to have merged (a little TOO conveniently) reviews for two DIFFERENT BOOKS. Some reviews listed here refer to "Joel-Peter Witkin (Phaidon 55s)" by Eugenia Parry (Paperback - January 5, 2001) - with pinkish border around a photograph on the cover. But this book seems to be out of print.

My review refers to a 2007 Photology series book (all b&W cover with the image of a head and lillies). They are not the same book, or even two editions of the same book.

For those who hope this will give them a review of, and some insight into, Witkin's work, this will be a disappointment. Yes, the reproductions are of very good quality, but at the book's size, most of the fascinating DETAIL of major pieces is lost. I remember seeing a Witkin exhibit at the Reina Sofia in Madrid years ago (that included many pieces reproduced here), and part of the fascination with those images comes from studying the large images up close. While I realize that to talk about "size" in reference to photographs is somewhat strange, the book does not list the actual sizes at which those images were printed for their original, exhibit presentation - this is important, since based on the repros in the book, most people will have no idea that there were originally very large prints. The book also includes only a few close-up / detail plates, and as far as I can tell, none at the actual print size. Alas, ALL the commentary there is, is a 6 page (very small pages, with very large print) general intro.

PLEASE NOTE that, misleadingly, one of the reviews listed on this page refers to a different, now out-of-print book: there is NO commentary on individual images in this book. The very general, brief intro is ALL there is.
a small but expansive introduction to his work. great buy.  Oct 25, 2007
i'll let the pics speak for themselves, other than to say this is some of the most original, moving and gruesome work i've ever seen - sometimes all three at once. if you're easily offended and/or expecting "erotic" nude photos, stick to the suicide girls. this is more like the work of dave mckean or bill sienkiewicz than that of avedon or elliott erwitt...but that's just my opinion (and they're both great; just not as bizzare.)
An inexpensive introduction to Joel-Peter Whitkin.  Feb 16, 2003
There is no cheaper way to become aquainted with the work of master photographer and artisan, Joel-Peter Whitkin. His work is renowned world wide and skillfuly reproduced in this book. My only complaint on this selection is that the book is small and this makes it difficult to view some of the images.
Phaidon Press 55 Series  Sep 18, 2001
I have a couple of these volumes and they are wonderful. The reproduction quality is very good and the comments on each image are informative, interesting, and concise.

Phaidon has a great habit of producing well produced books on the visual arts and their photography volumes are no exception. It would be difficult to find a better value.


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