Publisher: Santa Fe, New Mexico: Arena Editions, 2002
Edition: 1st Edition
Condition: Fine / Fine
Item #: 101373
First edition, first and only printing. Hardcover. Fine light blue linen cloth, with title stamped in gilt on front cover and spine, with photographically illustrated dust jacket. Photographs by Jan Saudek. Essay ("Paradise and the Innocent Eye") by John Wood and James Crump. Includes a list of plates. Unpaginated, with 131 four-color plates, and 24 additional four-color and black and white reference illustrations, beautifully printed on fine matteart paper by EBS, Verona, Italy. 12-1/4 x 9-5/8 inches. Out of print. Scarce.
Fine in Fine dust jacket.
From the publisher: "Drawing on classical paintings, historical portraiture, and 19th-century pornographic studio photographs, the erotic images of Jan Saudek reveal a world of fantasy where artistic play and expression are given free range. Using elaborate backdrops and magical costumes, Saudek is both voyeur and participant, photographer and model, shifting back and forth in a style that lends the term autoportraiture new meaning. These 146 color photographs, featuring new and previously unpublished images with Saudek's commentaries, are as much about the artist as about the characters he creates. As Saudek states, "I don't have the capacity to portray other people's lives. I am portraying my own."