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Publisher: Tucson, Arizona: Nazraeli Press, 2001
Edition: 1st Edition
Condition: Near Fine / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 113701
First edition, first printing. Signed in black ink by Modica on the title page. Hardcover. Black cloth-covered boards, with tipped-in plate on cover and title stamped in gray on front cover and spine, no dust jacket as issued. Photographs by Andrea Modica. Text by Dr. J. Michael Hoffman, Professor of Anthropology, The Colorado College (anthropological descriptions for each plate are provided, helping to reconstruct a form of personal history). 80 pp. with 36 duotone plates. 12 x 9 inches. This first edition was limited to 1500 hardbound copies.
Near Fine (bump to lower-left corner of boards, slightly affecting text block).
From the publisher: "Andrea Modica's stunning new monograph, Human Being, grew out of a study on a group of over one hundred skeletons secretly buried a century ago. They were discovered in 1993, on the grounds of the Colorado Mental Health Institute, by prison inmates who were breaking ground to build the extension of an asylum for the criminally insane. After reading about the unidentified remains, Modica sought out and was granted permission to photograph them. In depicting the crania, Modica chose to maintain the compositional conventions of forensic photography, systematically centering her subject and presenting it on a level with the eye. Her vision, however, reveals in the cracks and sutures of the skulls expressive forms and patterns, and complex variations of light and shadow, which evoke the presence of a soul where science sees only an object."