The bone house

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Twin Palms Publishers, 1998 - Photography - 189 pages
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This is a retrospective look at the work of one of the late twentieth century's most profound and disturbing artists. For this collection Joel-Peter Witkin has personally selected from his own archives his finest images, ranging from his early Coney Island "freak show" studies to his most recent work. Witkin's portraits of subjects both living and dead have disturbed countless viewers for their unwavering viewpoint and magically grotesque compositions. The artist's sojourn captured here, with each photograph a station along his path, veers between oblivion and salvation. This book depicts Witkin's journey until now. Texts by the artist and Eugenia Parry.

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User Review  - fundevogel - LibraryThing

The Bone House is a well executed photography book by the artist Joel-Peter Witkin. Witkin's photos mesh classical compositions and framing in his elaborate and macabre still lifes. Witkin frequently ... Read full review

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User Review  - Duncan Reed - Goodreads

Seriously disturbing - a lot of it is still life images from the mind of a serial killer - posed body parts or corpses. Horribly interesting Read full review


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About the author (1998)

Joel-Peter Witkin was born (with his twin brother, the painter Jerome Witkin) in Brooklyn in 1939 to a Jewish father and a Catholic mother. He went to Catholic school until he entered high school, and in his early twenties, from 1961 to 1964, he worked as a war photographer in Vietnam. He has had recent solo exhibitions of his work at Hasted Hunt Gallery, New York, Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago and Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles. His work is in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, among many others.