New York: Lustrum Press, 1981. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's pictorially illustrated stiff paper wraps.
“Portraits are always of a person at a specific instant. They are never about the future” (Jan Groover). First edition of Lustrum Press’s critical examination of portraiture compiled and edited by photographer Kelly Wise. This comprehensive collection includes essays by eight preeminent American photographers—David Attie, Chuck Close, Jan Groover, Evelyn Hofer, Lotte Jacobi, Gerard Malanga, Robert Mapplethorpe, and James Van Der Zee—accompanied by generous reproductions of their work and brief biographies. Dedicated to German fashion photographer Chris von Wangenheim, who died the year of the book’s publication. Illustrated in color and black-and-white. Lustrum Press was American art photographer Ralph Gibson’s ambitious and short-lived imprint, best known for publishing Larry Clark’s Tulsa (1971). Some general soiling to wraps, toning to spine and binder’s glue starting to yellow. Very good. Item #3161