Les Krims: Fictcryptokrimsographs (Limited Edition with Print!)
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Fictcryptokrimsographs: A Book-Work by Les Krims. Introduction by Hollis Frampton. Humpy Press: Buffalo, 1975. 93 pp. Square octavo. Limited edition of 125. Signed and dated '76 on title page with Humpy Press blind stamp. Photo-illustrated wrappers. Accompanied by original color print (signed, Krims '74, and numbered 18/125 on recto, 4 1/8 x 3 1/2 in.) Print housed in glassine envelope tipped onto verso of front wrapper. Additionally (and lewdly 'signed') on a slip of paper (shown). 40 color reproductions.

The appearance of in-depth interviews by Jen Brill a recent issue of the always-trendsetting Purple FASHION Magazine, plus another in VICE magazine in August of 2010 are just two indicators of many that Krims' career is well on its way to a much-deserved revival.

"Krims relentlessly upended the cardinal values of the American way of life and its belief systems. In spontaneously arranged photographic fictions, he satirized forensic photography, feminist activism, and academic art, along with a short people's convention and the making of chicken soup."--Jen Brill

This hysterical book draws from hundreds of Polaroid SX-70 photographs Krims shot in 1974 and 1975. By altering them during the development process, he developed a sly technique that added wacky, sometimes surreal sensibility to his conceptual nudes. But they're not without their detractors: after excoriating his work in Society for Photographic Education journal, anti-porn feminists famously tore up his photos and poured chocolate syrup on them at a their annual conference.
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