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VILE BODIES: PHOTOGRAPHY AND THE CRISIS OF LOOKING. Chris Townsend. Leeds Metropolitan University Gallery, 1998. Organized by Blast! Films, London, in association with Channel Four Television Corporation. Published in association with Prestel-Verlag, Munich. 160 pp. with 214 ills. (52 col.). 30 x 24 cm. LC 98-191584 ISBN 379131940X In English.
Showcases more than 130 images of the body produced chiefly in the 1990s by Joel-Peter Witkin, Sally Mann, John Coplans, Nan Goldin, Nick Waplington, Andres Serrano and nearly 20 other predominantly American and British photographers whose provocative works frequently transgress conventional standards of representation through their treatment of taboo subject matter. Five substantial critical essays examine the themes of childhood, deformity, aging, decay and death explored by the exhibited photographs, which include documentary images of disaffected adolescents, elaborately staged tableaux featuring grotesquely disfigured models, nude self-portraits and studies of eviscerated cadavers.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — Post-1970 — Photography
Plans: 01,05,07,15,20,25
Worldwide Number: 026381
Paperbound $39.95t (libraries receive a 20% discount on this title) Temporarily Out of Stock. Library Orders Accepted, but Availability and Price Cannot be Guaranteed.

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