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Maxims of Men Disclose Their Hearts Joel-Peter Witkin  

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The Maxims of Men Disclose Their Hearts: The Journal of Joel-Peter Witkin
Witkin, Joel-Peter
[South Dennis, MA]
Steven Albahari, 21st Editions

Two volumes. Quarto volume, 25.5x25.5 cm (9¾x9¾") containing text and a photographic reproduction of a journal by Witkin. [8], iv, 159, [4] pp. Signed by Witkin at the colophon. Folio volume, 40.5x33 cm (16x13") containing fifteen original platinum prints from photographs by Witkin, each signed by the photographer. Additionally signed at the colophon. Uniformly bound in white silk, the photographer's signature in gilt facsimile on front covers. Housed in the original tan silk covered case, also with gilt facsimile signature, signed photograph by Witkin titled "A Corner of my Room" mounted inside box lid. No. 17 of only 40 numbered copies from a total edition of 47.

"Photography as with all other media is a way of recording emotion. To present an idea! My aim has always been to make photographs which represent the state of my mind and Soul... This work has, at it core, “moral emotion.” The fear of death and the seeking of God... The subject of the work is myself and the beings and objects which show the wounds of time and life... I want to be remembered as a maker of powerful moral imagery—as a man who sought and found truth in his life." - from the photographer's afterword.

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