Thomas Ruff (photography); Michel Houellebecq (short story) - Nudes - first edition - 158 pp - 100 images - Hardcover with dust jacket - 29.5 × 23 cm - Text in English.
Condition: Near mint condition.
Thomas Ruff, one of Germany's leading photographers, collects erotic and pornographic images from the internet and manipulates them on his computer, resulting in beautiful but disturbing images with an abstract quality. The 100 photos in this book are accompanied by an excerpt from a novel by the controversial writer Michel Houellebecq, whose writing is influenced by the sex industry.
“Since his time at the Dusseldorf Art Academy, Ruff has been fascinated by the work of Gerhard Richter. Born in Dresden in 1932, Richter had developed a style of painting that used photographs as a starting point. He used his own photographs or images cut from magazines and newspapers and reproduced them through a time-consuming process of painting, commenting on the difference between the photographic image and the painted image. Like many artists before him Richter was fascinated by the human form and produced very beautiful, often blurred images of female nudes, some of which are quite explicit. Ruff, having studied Richter’s work, began to investigate the nude as a genre. He became fascinated by the proliferation of pornographic images available on the internet, which are usually very low resolution (only 72 pixels, or dots of colour, per inch). Taking these low-resolution images Ruff removed extraneous details, altered the tone, contrast and colour and produced them on a much larger scale, creating a refined but very blurred image. Some of these images are explicit, but through his manipulation of the material Ruff softens the subject matter. He turns the conventional into something lavish while at the same time the sense of detachment, apparent in most of his work, is amplified.”
- Nombre de livres
- Érotique, Photographie
- Auteur/ Illustrateur
- Thomas Ruff & Michel Houellebecq
- Titre du livre
- Comme neuf
- Année de publication de l’ouvrage le plus ancien
- 1ère édition
- Langue originale
- Harry N. Abrahams Inc.
- Couverture rigide
- Nombre de pages
- 29.5×23 cm