Reflex. A Vik Muniz Primer. Text and photo works by Vik Muniz. Aperture, New York, 2005. 204 pp. Quarto. First edition. INSCRIBED on title page and dated 2007. Hardbound. No jacket as issued. Color and black-and-white reproductions.
Vik Muniz. Centre National de la photographie Caisse des Depots et Consignations Galerie Xippas, 2000. 117 pp. Texts by Peter Galassi and Regis Durand (texts in French and English). INSCRIBED on title page and dated 2001. Stiff illustrated wrappers in dust jacket.
Vik Muniz's subtly humorous photographs are never quite what they seem. Muniz manipulates the surface of his photographs with such bizarre treatments as sugar, soil, and chocolate syrup--and then rephotographs them. The resulting images insightfully play with notion of any visual qualities being inherently photographic.