Samaras: The Photographs of Lucas Samaras

By: [Samaras, Lucas] Lifson, Ben

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First edition. Bookplate on front paste-down endpaper, pages very faintly toned. 1987 Large Hardcover. 182 pp. Photographer, painter, sculptor, Lucas Samaras is one of the most influential and provocative artists of our time. Once again available to readers, this long out-of-print volume presents a thorough compilation of Samara's photographic work, beginning with his earliest Auto-Polaroids. This exhaustive body of work paved the way for a generation of contemporary photo-artists, expanding the expressive possibilities of the medium. Using Polaroid materials, large--sometimes life-sized--formats, manipulated imagery, and composites, Samaras helped forge a vocabulary employed by artists and photographers throughout the eighties. In his most profound achievement, he adopted one of photography's basic genres--portraiture--and used it as a basis for an inquiry into the self, which remains unmatched in its intensity and boundless in its ramifications. Photography critic Ben Lifson provides a trenchant critique and history of Samaras's work. Samaras split himself into model, actor, director, audience, and critic, Lifson writes. To each of these roles he brought a skilled artist's hand an an eye deeply informed by the historical traditions and motifs of art and by the vernacular and popular traditions of photography. He became a rare figure in American art, not an artist who occasionally uses photography for tactical reasons . . . but an artist who made photography central to his aesthetic campaign.

Title: Samaras: The Photographs of Lucas Samaras

Author: [Samaras, Lucas] Lifson, Ben

Categories: Photography, Modern First Editions, Art,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: An Aperture Book: 1987

ISBN Number: 0893812412

ISBN Number 13: 9780893812416

Binding: Large Hardcover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Seller ID: 2281485