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Did You See Me?.

Photography by Sophie Calle.
Prestel, Lakewood, 2004. 444 pp., 500 illlustrations, 6¼x9¼".

Sophie Calle is weird, but wonderfully so. She is known for exploring issues of identity in her work, but what exactly does that mean? For Calle, it means to wonder, out-loud, in writing and through photography, who she is and who others around her are. That may seem like a dead-end street, but the numerous alleyways and side paths that Calle takes us along are truly intellectually engaging. In one of her classic books, Double Game, she and New York author Paul Auster create a scenario whereby the authenticity of action is put in total jeopardy—Auster creates a character in a novel who is based on the life of Calle and Calle tries to live her life based on the character in the Auster novel. By taking a postmodern literary model and portraying it photographically, Calle exposes the tensions between acting and action, fiction and reality, the story—always edited and performed on cue—versus the on-going, improvisational fabric of life. And she does so in a fun, lighthearted manner. Did you See Me? is a compact retrospective that offers up many of her best-known works, including "The Blind," "No Sex Last Night," and "A Woman Vanishes." An interview with Calle is included making this a very complete collection. Read Publisher's Description.

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