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Stephen Barker: Nightswimming

Publisher: Santa Fe, New Mexico: Twin Palms Publishers, 1999
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 0944092543
Condition: Fine / Fine
Item #: 100321



First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine Italian cloth with debossed title, with dust jacket. Photographs by Stephen Barker. Text by the distinguished American poet Richard Howard. 96 pp. with 62 tritone plates, beautifully printed by the Stamperia Valdonega, Verona, Italy. 13-1/4 x 9 inches. This first edition was limited to 2000 hardbound copies.


Fine in Fine dust jacket.


From the publisher: "Stephen Barker has taken a camera into spaces whose existence hinges on their being unrecorded and anonymous. His photographs were taken in New York City's sex clubs. Caught in only available light, Barker's subjects swim in a murky world of isolation and sexual couplings, emerging out of a granular darkness to watch, to partake, to wait. The interactions are often ambiguous-layers of yearning veiled under the chivalrous codes of promiscuity. The indistinct figures merge and melt into the industrial architecture of darkened cinemas and hallways reserved for anonymous sex, but there are flashes of clarity even here-tenderness or indifference, passion or release."