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Few living photographers are as consistently controversial and provocative as Joel-Peter Witkin, whose work elicits hostility and admiration in equal measure. Shocking and compelling, the photographs in this retrospective collection reach to the outer limits of human nature. 100 full-page reproductions, printed in four colors.
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published September 28th 1995 by Scalo Publishers (first published September 1995)
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May 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Witkin is incredible. One can see how much his stuff has been plagiarised by mass culture. Take the Nine Inch Nails Closer video; the bondage, the crucified monkey, the aviator goggles. He is a photographic master blending the beautiful with the grotesque. Examples include: "a severed head on a plate, Siamese twins joined at the head, hermaphroditic Venuses, a dead-meat cornucopia, a man on a bed of nails...all interspersed with visual references to classic art pieces and Christian iconography." ...more
Jul 16, 2008 rated it liked it
Well, this is one of the more interesting/disturbing books I own. It was a gift to me a number of years ago. Judging by the slightly incorrect review...I wonder if people are aware that many of the subjects are actually corpses from abroad?? The piece entitled "The Kiss" does not appear to be: "the disembodied, almost skeletal heads of two gnarled old men locked in an intimate kiss" (Direct from the review on this site). More accurately, this is what that photograph is: "The Kiss" (Le Baiser), N ...more
Feb 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Eu nem estava a pensar em escrever review, mas para este livro - quero dizer, para este autor - sinto que devo.

Witkin é daquelas pessoas que "pensa fora da caixa" usando métodos já maioritariamente abandonados. É um artista que saboreia a demora dos processos já tidos como obsoletos ou maçudos.
Mas não é só isso. Ele foi um passo mais à frente e saiu da zona de conforto da maior parte das pessoas. Resolveu pegar nos freaks de circos de horror e fazer representações ao seu estilo de obras de arte
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A dark genius x
Aug 16, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wish-shelf
Wish I owned it!
Amanda Platter
Awesome photography (old school--no digital) feature dwarfs, mutants, and freaks in odd costumes and crazy positions. Mostly naked.
Nov 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
One of my first photography books
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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.
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