New York: powerHouse Books, 2005. 1st Edition. Small quarto, publisher's photo-illustrated coated paper-covered boards, patterned endpapers.
Collection of Polaroid portraits by "the gatekeeper of 80s culture" and "godmother of instant photography," artist, stylist and fashion designer Maripol, vividly capturing the downtown underground scene of the 1980s and the then-emerging stars within it, inscribed by her on the half-title: "Wish you the best, Maripol." Scads of posed and candid shots of the likes of Madonna, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Grace Jones, Keith Haring, Kenny Scharf, Vincent Gallo, Exene Cervenka, and Kid Creole. "Maripol's portraits represent an intimate and glamorously blurry love letter…" (Village Voice). All snapshots within taken between 1976 and 1992. With an introduction by writer and downtown tastemaker Glenn O’Brien, an afterword by legendary "no wave" art curator Diego Cortez, and a recollection by fashion designer Anna Sui; and a captioned thumbnail photo index. Stated first edition, with complete number row to copyright page. Fine. Item #1687