Making Chicken Soup. Photographs, text and design by Les Krims. Humpy Press, Buffalo, NY, 1972. 68 pp. Duodecimo (5 3/4 x 5 in.). First edition. INSCRIBED on title page, To ___/in Madison/Regards/Les Krims' Stiff photo-illustrated wrappers. 28 sepia-toned reproductions.
"Les Krims was the bad boy of photography in the late 1960's and 70's. Feminists hated his staged pictures of naked women in absurd and humiliating situations; more sympathetic viewers, taking note of the many images of his mother nude or semi-nude, may have wondered about his mental health," said Ken Johnson in his New York Times review of Krims' 2004 show. "Krims had a huge impact on photography at the end of the Modernist era," he goes on to say. "Along with Lucas Samaras and Duane Michals, he opened the medium to possibilities of imaginative, formal and technical invention that countless artists continue to explore today...From today's perspective, what is striking about this exhibition's small brown-toned, high-contrast Kodalith prints from the start of Mr. Krims's career is not the outrageousness but the psychological urgency...The image of his naked mother seated at a distance on the sofa in her dimly lighted, busily decorated living room is a picture of heartbreaking vulnerability and loneliness.----Ken Johnson, The New York Times, April 16,2004
That was in 1965. My mother volunteered one day when I complained that I couldn’t find a model to work with at Pratt. I was still living at home with her. I photographed Sally seated on her plastic-covered couch. She wore only white panties. She was modest. Such leaps were a lot less complicated for working-class people, crowded together as we were. I grew up living in two rooms. Modesty wasn’t in great supply. By then my parents had been divorced for almost 20 years. My father had twice married the same showgirl and was living in Las Vegas.
Near Fine+; very clean, no spine crease; small chip lower edge rear wrapper (1/8") with some adjacent wear; light shelf wear.