Oog Om Oog [An Eye for an Eye]. Photographs, cover & editing by Sanne Sannes. Poetry by Hugo Claus after the poems of Macedonios. Designed by Pieter Groot. De Bezige Bij, Amsterdam, 1964. Unpaged (appx. 120 pp.) Small folio. First edition, first and only printing. Hardbound. Photo-illustrated boards and endpapers. No jacket as issued. Black-and-white reproductions. |
Included in The Dutch Photobook, Frits Giertsberg, ed.
While Hugo Claus'text is the sort of mysterioso-love poetry that has it's roots in Baudelarire and beyond, Sanne Sannes photographs in this 1964 book take the soft-focus, intimate black-and-white erotica of other sixties photographers--Sam Haskins, Wingatge Paine--to and entirely darker and more Dionysian place. Aesthetically and psychologically, his intimate close-ups of woman in the throws of ecstasy have as much in common with the films of Ingemar Bergman than with his peers in photography.
From The Dutch Photobook, Frits Giertsberg, ed.:
"Sanne Sannes was active as a photographer for a mere eight years, his career cut short by his early death. But the mythology arouind this lives to this day: some see him as a latter day James Dean; others as a frustrated virgin, obsessed by women....Sannes used photography as a transfiguration of reality. He was concerned not so much with the specific model but with the type of woman she represented: woman as the bearer of the most extreme human emotions, all of which was ultimately a symbol for eroticism...[Sannes] had stereotypical fantasies, which tilted towards a higher plane only through his talent as a photographer."
Excerpts from a 2008 documentary about Sannes Sannes, 'The women of Sanne Sannes'
Near Fine; stray black marks on front board that appear to be printing flaw (see illustration); light rubbing and wear to 'tips'.