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The Europeans: Photographs by Tina Barney

Publisher: Göttingen, Germany: Steidl and the Barbican Art Gallery, London, 2005
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 3865210953
Condition: New / New
Item #: 105917



First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Yellow paper-covered boards with title stamped in red on cover and spine, with photographically illustrated dust jacket. Photographs and afterword by Tina Barney. Foreword by Graham Sheffield. Essay by Merry Forresta. Design by Steidl Design. 192 pp., with 83 four-color plates beautifully printed on fine matte paper by Steidl from scans made in Steidl's digital darkroom. 9-3/4 x 12 inches. Published on the occasion of the 2005 exhibition The Europeans: Photographs by Tina Barney, at London's Barbican Art Gallery. Out of print. Scarce.


New in New dust jacket.


From the publisher: "'For almost thirty years Tina Barney has constructed a critique of patrician otherness in photographs made in rambling New England beach houses and New York apartments... Now, in her series The Europeans, we're off on a twenty-first century version of the Grand Tour... From Austria (1996) and Italy (1996-1998) to England (2001), France (2002), Spain (2003), and Germany (2004)... Barney has confirmed a New World fantasy: that (even if your vantage point starts out high) the Old World rich live differently from you and me.' (Merry Forresta) Tina Barney's photographs portray relationships and at the same time invoke theatrical role-play reminiscent of nineteenth century portraiture. Each is a staged re-enactment of a prior moment and their power rests on their emphasis on often quixotic and ultimately human and mundane details. These photographic moments undermine the traditional relationship of subject to viewer and elide the status of portraits of the classes who would traditionally have commissioned painted family portraits."