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Joel-Peter Witkin

(Photo Poche #49)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  166 ratings  ·  14 reviews
This pocket-size catalogue of the American artist Joel-Peter Witkin's inimitable work includes a selection of more than 50 astonishing photographs, a collection that expresses the artist's unique point of view on an extraordinary segment of humanity. Witkin's powerful and transgressive images are renowned for their depiction of outsiders including dwarves, transsexuals, ...more
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Photology (first published October 15th 1991)
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Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: photography, art, italian
Witkin's world is a strange place. It is a grotesque, disturbing, sometimes revolting, occasionally funny place... a dark Wonderland in which Alice had better not get lost.

Witkin b/w photography exploits and explores the greatest paintings of the Renaissance and the XIX century. It is much more than mere interpretation, though: what Witkin does is Creation, using the most famous paintings of old and modern masters as a stage on which the main roles are played by dwarves, transsexuals, elderly
Jean d'Arp
Feb 07, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: art, photography
My rating doesn't reflect the quality of the work, but the small format of the edition which cannot show the subtle baroque details of Witkin's beautiful black and white photographs. As utterly disturbing as photography can get, but go for the magnificent The Bone House, if you can spare the expense. It will leave you sleepless of nightmares and fright, if you haven't encountered Witkin yet.
Paquita Maria Sanchez
The tiny format of this book does not do justice to the tedious preparatory steps and subtle, masterful darkroom manipulations prevalent within Witkin's oeuvre. The images contained in this excruciatingly small collection, however, are the stuff of sinister genius.
Nov 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: art, photography
Any discussion of Witkin's work is bound to mention his uses of _______. Let's see whether I can write anything worthwhile about him w/o mention of that. When I 1st encountered Witkin's fotography I probably tended to associate it w/ the likes of Charles Gatewood & BalTimOre fotographer Stephen John Phillips. Davide Faccioli, the author of the essay that begins this bk, brings up Diane Arbus. Arbus & Gatewood both concentrate on people outside the norm, as does Witkin. That's enuf to ...more
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Loved the pieces that inspired Alexander McQueen's line-specifically the crucifix mask and the large woman with the breathing apparatus. I would certainly own and hang "Woman Masturbating on the Moon" (see here:
The introduction of this book discusses where Witkin found many of his subjects, including in a hospital morgue filled with bodies in various states of decomposition and states (ie one had been in a car accident) and scouring the New York subway
Chris Keefe
Mar 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
Finally a chance to look at Witkin. His images are beautiful,with striking similarities to some of Aaron Siskind's later work with natural forms - there's a Siskind photo of a dried (oak?) leaf, almost human in form, extending left from the right side of the frame that shines with the contrasts, textures, and even the subjects Witkin works with. The collection of images is beautiful, and presents a broad range of styles in his shooting.

That said, the book is diminutive in scale, and the impact
Jan 14, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: art
Tony just turned me on to the work of Joel-Peter Witkin, and the Lawrence Public LIbrary doesn't have any books of his work, so I requested some through inter-library loan.

WOW! Witkin's work is like some sort of bizarre dream. He uses parts of cadavers and (often naked) people with unusual bodies to make his strange, sometimes disturbing photographs.

This book is nice because each photo has an explanation for how he created the piece.

Not for the faint of heart!
Five stars for Witkin, not for Parry. Oy, is this the same Eugenia Parry who wrote the intro to the Adam Fuss book I read? I find her kind of insipid. But Witkin's photos are complex and frightening and humanizing and objectifying and all the rest in ways I find fascinating.
zaCk S
May 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
EXCELLENT collection of witkin's photographs. not the biggest collection, but the reproductions are amazing. the book is exactly the size of a dvd case, and the reproductions are excellent clarity. the essay that opens the book is immature and underdeveloped, but sheds light on witkin for any newcomers.
Aug 16, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wish-shelf
I wish I owned it.
Mar 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tiny format (apparently Witkin exhibited huge prints) but a tasty little book nonetheless.
Hebear Mcghee
Jul 15, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a really inexpensive introductory piece.
Jul 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully hideous.
Luana Moreno
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
terrifying, disturbing and great art
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