New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1995. 1st Edition. Large quarto, publisher's photo-illustrated paper-covered boards, original black-and-white printed dust jacket.
"The picture is inevitably indelible. That's key. It's private, or public if you want it to be. A perspective on oneself that is virtually unavailable to you or to anyone around you. In the frozen glimpse, accuracy doesn’t matter. Accident becomes as exciting as intention. The body and the camera are in love with one another, and the effect is unpredictable. The camera goes so far beyond the mirror that language cannot catch up with it. Language was made in a different era. The camera becomes a stargate, a frame" (from the introduction by novelist Anne Rice). First edition of photographer and fashion industry doyenne Kelly Klein's compilation of body photography, signed by her on the title page. Encompassing over 100 years of erotic, disturbing, and astonishing images by the likes of Lartigue, Imogen Cunningham, Steven Meisel, Bettina Rheims, Helmut Newton, Ellen von Unwerth, Andre Kertész, Louise Dahl-Wolfe, and Brassaï, this large-format collection chronicles and celebrates the human form as seen through the photographer's lens. Illustrated with over 100 black-and-white plates. Designed by Sam Shahid. Signed in silver ink. Light yellowing to top edge of unclipped dust jacket. Near fine. Item #3942