Gods of Earth and Heaven
In this, our second volume of Witkin's photographs, the work is as controversial as ever. In often torturous or eroticized still lifes and tableaux, cadavers, physical anomalies, transsexuals and animals are carefully arranged to create a mythology that could originate only in the imagination of this singular artist. In Gods of Earth and Heaven, Witkin advances an aestheti...more
Hardcover, 124 pages
Published December 1st 1989 by Twin Palms Publishers
(first published October 1989)
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An amazing book, still, and a real primer on teaching yourself to look at that which is difficult. I was drawn into the Witkin imagery about two minutes before his style started being aped everywhere, from magazines to Nine Inch Nails videos to (even now) things like "American Horror Story" on TV. Through the early '90s, when I was living in New Mexico and learning a whole lot about photography from my photographer friends, I was crazy for Witkin's work and a whole lot else in the art/photo vein...more
Joel-Peter Witkin is an American photographer who lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His work often deals with such themes as death, corpses (and sometimes dismembered portions thereof), and various outsiders such as dwarfs, transsexuals, hermaphrodites, and physically deformed people. Witkin's complex tableaux often recall religious episodes or famous classical paintings.More about Joel-Peter Witkin...