“A NARRATIVE THAT, LIKE THE BEST OF PHOTOGRAPHY, SPEAKS OF MEMORY, DESIRE, LOSS, HOPE, REDEMPTION, TRUTH AND FICTION”: SIGNED LIMITED FIRST EDITION OF FLOH, SIGNED AND NUMBERED BY DEAN
DEAN, Tacita. Floh [Flea]. (Göttingen: Steidl, 2001). Quarto, original pale green cloth, original slipcase with printed label. $325.
Signed limited first edition, number 2642 of 4000, signed, numbered and dated by Dean in the year of publication, with 95 black-and-white, 53 color and 20 sepia toned photographs.
“The family snapshot… remains one of the most enigmatic, uncertain and fugitive of documents… For this reason, while there have been many photobooks constructed from vernacular photographs, there have been relatively few featuring snapshots. One of the most successful is Floh, by the British artist Tacita Dean and her collaborator Martyn Ridgewell.” Their pictures, collected from flea markets in Europe and America, “resonate and beguile with tremendous poignancy. Dean gives them both new life and potential narrative—discreet and enigmatic, but a narrative that, like the best photography, speaks of memory, desire, loss, hope, redemption, truth and fiction” (Parr & Badger II:231). Dean’s Floh “offers a glimpse into wonderfully diverse lost history, filtered through Dean’s astute visual sensibility… a touching portrait of humanity” (ArtForum). Open Book, 392.
A fine copy.