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I Am Not This Body: Photographs
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Publisher Aperture
Publication date November 1, 2001
Pages 95
Binding Hardcover
Edition 1
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780893819361
ISBN-10 0893819360
Dimensions 0.75 by 12.25 by 10 in.
Weight 2.35 lbs.
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Original list price $40.00
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Summaries and Reviews description: Product Description: 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' 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' 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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9780893819361 | details & prices | 95 pages | 12.25 × 10.00 × 0.75 in. | 2.35 lbs | List price $40.00
About: Barbara Ess makes subtly-toned photographs that are not so much reality as visionary versions of it.

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