SIGNED BY BOTH PHOTOGRAPHER AND AUTHOR, WITH AN ORIGINAL SIGNED PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINT
PLACHY, Sylvia and RIDGEWAY, James. Red Light: Inside the Sex Industry. WITH: Original silver-gelatin print (image size: 4-1/2 by 3 inches). New York: Powerhouse Books, (1996). Small quarto, original laminated photographic boards, original slipcase. $950.
Signed limited first edition of this “eye-opening look inside the American sex industry,” number 274 of only 300 copies, with 117 finely-screened duotones. Accompanied by an original signed silver-gelatin contact print.
“I have never seen the moment sensed and caught on film with more intimacy and humanity” (André Kertesz). “Plachy’s haunting photographs are perfect in their imperfection, devoid of unnecessary weight, each one its own self portrait—but somehow from the inside out” (Jim Jarmusch). In Plachy’s own words, “I have always liked to linger and watch unseen, to take my pictures without confrontation, to look at backs and imagine what’s inside.” Red Light is “a tribute both to the photographer’s keen sense of aesthetic and… the decision to tell the story through the sex workers themselves” (McDarrah, 362). “Not since Robert Frank’s The Americans have I experienced a body of work of such range and power. She makes me laugh and she breaks my heart” (Richard Avedon).
Fine condition, signed.