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Fred Ritchin
INSTANT IMMORTALITY
An American Century of Photography: From Dry-Plate to Digital
... companies: Among others, Joel-Peter Witkin's repugnant, prosthetic-clad Dominatrice, from 1988, is here, as is Gottfried Helnwein's barbaric 1987 Self-Portrait, depicting his own torture with surgical tools. By exploring the simpler technique ...
An American Century of Photography: From Dry-Plate to Digital
By Keith F. Davis Foreword by Donald J. Hall Hallmark Cards/Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York 608 pages; 499 b&w and color illustrations; $95
Innovation/Imagination: Fifty Years of Polaroid Photography
Introductions by Barbara Hitchcock and Deborah Klochko Essay by Deborah Martin Kao Friends of Photography/Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York 120 pages; 90 color photographs; $35
In his thorough and lucid text of An American Century of Photography, Keith Davis reminds us that Americans made 17 billion...




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