Barbara Ess: I Am Not This Body

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"Barbara Ess makes subtly-toned photographs that are not so much reality as visionary versions of it. Blurry and distorted, they seem to coax their subjects from mysterious spaces." --Grace Glueck, The New York Times

"Ess's images often have a dreamy subterranean quality--part wonder and part menace--as if...

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2001 Hardcover New in new jacket I Am Not This Body (Photographs by Barbara Ess) ISBN 0-89381-936-0I with text by Michael Cunningham, Thurston Moore and Guy Armstrong. This is ... the first major monograph on Ess. It explores her use of the pinhole camera and her quest to explore the nature of identity in her psychologically charged images. 95 pages, hardcover with dj. Color and black and white photographs. 12" x 9 3/4". New, in original shrinkwrap. Read more Show Less

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"Barbara Ess makes subtly-toned photographs that are not so much reality as visionary versions of it. Blurry and distorted, they seem to coax their subjects from mysterious spaces." --Grace Glueck, The New York Times

"Ess's images often have a dreamy subterranean quality--part wonder and part menace--as if culled directly from the subconscious."

--Gregory Volk, ARTnews

I Am Not This Body investigates primary, personal experience and relies upon the viewer's imagination and memories. Barbara Ess is renowned for her accomplished use of the pinhole camera and her effort to "photograph what cannot be photographed." Ess's is a conscious quest to explore what she calls "ambiguous perceptual boundaries: between people, between the self and the not self, between in here and out there." In her view, "reality... includes a perceiver, who has memories, thoughts, desires, emotions--[which] a normal camera tends to omit." The strange and affecting images she coaxes from this primitive camera manage to evoke the sublime and the impossible, the textures of desire and loss.

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Grace Glueck
Ess makes subtly toned photographs that are not so much reality as visionary versions of it. —The New York Times
Grace Gluck
"Ess makes subtly toned photographs that are not so much reality as visionary versions of it."
—Grace Gluck, The New York Times
Library Journal
This first major overview of Ess's photographic work, which also features supplemental drawings, video stills, and photographs of the artist's performances, highlights her stunning use of the pinhole camera. Large sections of uninterrupted full-page reproductions, many of which utilize brilliant hues of light and blurred images to create an otherworldly effect, capture simple frame houses, waterfalls, naked thighs, couples kissing, animals feeding, a snake in a living room, and other details of domestic and wild life. Even the images of the natural world seem to have a psychological component, which is brought to the fore in her video and performance work, as illustrated at the end of the book. In brief personal essays, writer Cunningham discusses science and the exploratory nature of Ess's art, Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore talks about Ess's participation in New York's punk/no-wave music scene, and meditation teacher Guy Armstrong takes on the topic of perception in Ess's work. The writing by Ess herself is impressionistic, complementing the work if not explaining it. A short interview and extensive bibliography highlight the depth of her career. Recommended for all art photography collections. Carolyn Kuebler, "Library Journal" Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780893819361
  • Publisher: Aperture Foundation
  • Publication date: 6/15/2005
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 12.16 (w) x 9.86 (h) x 0.74 (d)

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