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Publisher: Tucson, Arizona: Nazraeli Press LLC, in association with The Joy of Giving Something, Inc. (JGS), 2005
Edition: 1st Edition
Condition: New / New
Item #: 108533
First edition, first printing. Limited edition of 10 copies, each with an original color inkjet print (image size 12 x 9 inches; paper size 14 x 11 inches) of the book's cover image, signed, titled and numbered by the artist.
Hardcover. Photographically illustrated paper-covered boards with title printed on cover and spine, with matching dust jacket; contained in a custom clamshell box. Photographs and text by Melanie Pullen. Foreword by Luke Crisell. Essays by Robert Enright and Colin Westerbeck. Includes thumbnail reproductions and titles of the plates. 128 pp., with 57 varnished four-color plates beautifully printed on fine matte art paper. 14-1/4 x 11-1/4 inches. This first was edition limited to 3000 hardbound copies.
From the publisher: "Melanie Pullen's long-awaited first monograph, High Fashion Crime Scenes, presents her breathtakingly beautiful works based on vintage crime scene images, first-hand accounts, and documents Pullen mined from the files of the L.A.P.D. In 2002, drawn to the rich details and compelling stories preserved in the criminal records, Melanie Pullen began restaging the events, outfitting the 'victims' (her selected models) in current haute couture, and photographing them in her staged settings. To create this work, Pullen at times enlisted the help of up to sixty people per shoot: set builders, makeup artists, models, stylists and stunt crews, among others. Her models have included the actresses Rachel Miner and Juliette Lewis. The collection of more than one hundred images has received considerable critical acclaim in the national and international press. Over the past three years, the twenty-nine year old artist has occasionally worked as a commercial fashion photographer. She has shot layouts for the likes of Flaunt and Rolling Stone."