“THE ENIGMA THAT IS PHOTOGRAPHY”: FIRST EDITION OF MARJAANA KELLA
KELLA, Marjaana. Marjaana Kella. (Amsterdam): Van Zoetendaal, (2002). Slim quarto, original photographic paper-covered boards. $650.
First edition of Kella’s intriguing photobook, taking “us well beyond the concept of documentary photography” (Parr & Badger), with 22 color photographic portraits.
“The Finnish photographer Marjaana Kella, in her eponymous photobook, examines the boundaries of portraiture, exploring just how much of a person’s interior can be deduced from a lucid depiction of their external aspects… Kella shows two bodies of work here, one a series of studies of backs of heads, the other portraits of people in a hypnotic trance… What emerges is an erudite and compelling demonstration of the enigma that is photography… Such books take us well beyond any concept of documentary photography in the traditional sense” (Parr & Badger II:292, 86). With essay by Pia Sivenius; interview with Marjaana Kellsa at rear. Issued without a dust jacket.
A fine copy.