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Samaras Album


 : Samaras Album

Binding: Hardcover
Edition: First Edition
Item Dimensions: 100
Label: Whitney Museum of American Art / Pace Editions
Languages: EnglishPublishedEnglishUnknown
Manufacturer: Whitney Museum of American Art / Pace Editions
Number Of Pages: 104
Publication Date: 1971
Publisher: Whitney Museum of American Art / Pace Editions
Studio: Whitney Museum of American Art / Pace Editions

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SAMARAS' FIRST BOOK, WITH ORIGINAL SIGNED POLAROID, ONLY 100 PRINTED (SAMARAS, Lucas). Samaras Album. Autointerview Autobiography Autopolaroid. New York: The Whitney Museum of American Art and Pace Editions, (1971). Large quarto, original embossed pictorial cloth, mounted cover photograph, original Polaroid in glassine envelope. First edition of Samaras' multimedia self-portrait, featuring a self-interview, autobiography, and hundreds of Polaroid images, both black-and-white and in color. With original signed limited edition Polaroid, number 17 of only 100 copies. Published in anticipation of the Whitney's 1972 Samaras retrospective, "Album gathers the artist's first body of photographic work, the revealingly transformative self-portraits he called 'Autopolaroids... The book's design is nearly as idiosyncratic as its contents. Images- usually antic, erotic variations on a theme- are reproduced in their original size in color and in black and white, and arranged in grids, in rows, or singly on a page as if in a family snapshot album or a demented high school yearbook" (Roth, 212-13). Included are Samaras' "Auto-Interviews," a series of "self-investigatory" inquires. "The primary subject of his photographic work is his own self-image, generally distorted and mutilated. He has worked with multi-media collages, and by manipulating the wet dyes in Polaroid photographic film to create what he calls 'Photo-Transformations" (Stiles & Selz). The original Polaroid included with this copy (also reproduced on page 33) is initialed and numbered by Samaras. Fine condition.


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