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Songs of Innocence and Experience.

Photographs by Joel-Peter Witkin. Poetry by William Blake.
21st, New York, 2004. Unpaged, numerous color and black-and-white illustrations, 12¼x13¼".

About the Ltd Edition
For Blake, the artists is always the devil—the transgressive, vital energy at work in darkness, in dreams, and in prophesy that breaks through moral and logical thinking. In Blake's world, God is an artist-devil-prophet. What better artist to carry on Blake's visionary mysticism than Joel-Peter Witkin, with his modern photographic depictions accompanying Blake's Songs of Innocence and Experience. A true marriage of heaven and hell, this astonishing edition highlights their shared fascination with the workings and interdependence of good and evil, violence and passivity, desire and repression. Questions such as the Tyger's "Did he who made the lamb make thee?" resonate with new meaning in Witkin's interpretation of exposed sinews and composite parts. It is in this strange world, of multiple conflicting perspectives, of dismemberment and darkness, where divinity resides. These images not only reinvigorate Blake's poems, they help us to understand why Witkin proclaims himself, Joel the Baptist, and appropriately so. This stunning book features 62 images of Witkin's most recent work, including some fresh color pieces and 40 previously unpublished images. The work has been printed in a new 10 color, ultra high resolution process on lush 100% cotton Arches paper; a truly amazing production.
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