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Rineke Dijkstra: Portraits, Limited Edition (with Print)

Publisher: München and New York: Schirmer/Mosel and D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, Inc., 2004
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 1933045183
Condition: As New / As New
Item #: 113166



First edition, first printing. Limited slipcased edition of 100 hand-numbered copies, this being #41/100 (plate pasted-on front free endpaper notes edition number), with a 9 1/2 x 7 1/8 inch original Type-C print, "Chlopy, Poland, July 29, 1995," image size 8 x 6 3/8 inches (titled, dated, numbered and signed in pencil on verso by Dijkstra, print edition 100, printed in 2005 for this edition) in a separate cloth portfolio for presentation. Both the book and photograph (in cloth portfolio) fit inside the larger cloth slipcase. Hardcover. Light gray paper-covered boards, with title stamped in white and gold on front cover and spine, with photographically illustrated dust jacket. Photographs by Rineke Dijkstra. Essays by Urs Stahel and Hripsimé Visser. Includes a exhibition history and bibliography. 160 pp., with 70 four-color plates (most printed one to a sheet), beautifully printed by Passavia Druckservice, Passau, from separations made by NovaConcept, Berlin. 13 1/4 x 10 1/4 inches.

Published on the occasion of the 2004 exhibition Rineke Dijkstra, curated by Hripsimé Visser, at the Jeu de Paume, Paris (also traveled to Fotomuseum Winterthur, Fundación la Caixa d'Estalvis I Pensions de Barcelona and the Stedelijk Museum CS, Amsterdam). Out of print (sold out upon release). Very scarce.


As New (book, print and slipcase all in flawless condition).


Rineke Dijkstra might be the most important photographer of portraits alive today. She channels August Sander through her own poet-soul photographing youth with brutal, unyielding generosity. Her people emerge from beaches, hospital rooms, indefinable space, to haunt us with their imperfect beauty and their fierce necessity of existence. These photographs heroicize individuals in a brazen way. Dijkstra isn't content with confirming that banality is truth. She gives us the truth of fiction, the theatrics of the psychological complexity. She lets us way, way inside. The smudged blood on the collar of a bullfighter is in dialogue with the thin stream of blood running down a new mother's leg as she clutches her hours-old infant with an uncertainty that is astonishing.

From Rineke Dijkstra: "In the end, it's the individual that I'm after."

From the publisher: "Rineke Dijkstra is renowned for her uncanny and thoughtful portraits series of teenagers and young adults: girls and boys of various nationalities at the beach, children of Bosnian refugees, Spanish bullfighters straight out of the arena, Israeli youngsters before and after military service, and here, documented for the first time, her series of photographs taken of aspiring, young ballet dancers. Her subjects are shown standing, facing the camera, against a minimal background. Formally, the images resemble classical portraiture with their frontally posed figures isolated against minimal backgrounds. Yet, in spite of the uniformity in the photographer's works, there is a marked individuality in each of her subjects. Dijkstra often deals with the development of personality as one moves from adolescence to adulthood, or through a life-changing or potentially threatening experience such as childbirth, or a bullfight. Portraits includes the photographer's new Ballet School series."