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Comment: All profits go to Housing Works -- NYC's largest HIV/AIDS organization. PPP Editions, 2008. Signed. Slipcase in very good condition, lightly rubbed. Softcover in very good condition. Covers are slightly rubbed. Binding is tight with clean and unmarked pages. Black and white as well as full-color images throughout. Pages are not numbered.
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Leigh Ledare: Pretend You're Actually Alive Paperback – 2008

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First edition, first printing. Soft cover. Printed white wrappers, no dust jacket as issued, contained in a photographically illustrated cardboard slipcase. Photographs, facsimile texts and video stills by Leigh Ledare. Designed by Leigh Ledare, Andrew Roth and Triboro. Unpaginated (244 pp.), with 87 four-color plates (many are two-page spreads), 13 duotone plates and numerous additional illustrations printed by The Studley Press, Dalton, Mass. 10-1/2 x 8 inches. This first edition was limited to 1000 copies. From the publisher: "Composed in its entirety of photographs, written anecdotes and ephemera, Leigh Ledare's first book, Pretend You're Actually Alive, is a searingly intimate investigation of the artist's relationship with his mother, a once-promising prodigy ballerina. Both a revealing family album, and an unfolding of the relationship between Ledare and his muse/mother, Ledare's photography and video work involves creating strategies to navigate the themes embodied within this extraordinarily complex relationship. Pretend You're Actually Alive can be viewed as an archive of a mother and son's shared, private moments amidst the desperate attempts to renew her identity as a dancer--this time working as a stripper in a club beside her parents' apartment. Pretend You're Actually Alive is also a mapping of Ledare's mother's efforts to commodify herself--initially through her precocious childhood talent, later through her overt sexuality, and eventually through the portrayal of herself as an archetypal victim--in efforts to find companionship, attention, financial security, and a benefactor before her youthful, marketable currencies expire. Pretend You're Actually Alive is foundational to Ledare's continuing investigations around portraiture, issues of authorship, collaboration, performance, authenticity, and an ongoing inquiry into the ways in which personal boundaries complicate subjectivity."


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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: PPP Editions, in association with Andrew Roth, Inc. (2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0971548056
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971548053
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,935,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 21 people found the following review helpful By nerose on October 17, 2011
Format: Paperback
Terrific book by Ledare and Roth publishing. The work is very shocking XXX images of his mother who seems derailed in her late middle age belief she is a porn star or some such. Zero boundaries. Mr Ledare and the publishers -PPP/Roth- have made a wonderful book, very well designed and presented in a slip case. File this under those rare 'cri du coeur' works like Richard Billinghams 'Ray's a Laugh' that come along once in blue moon. I remain apprehensive of how Mr Ledare can follow up on such work, like Mr Billingham, he may try to prove his artistry in other forms - but will remain under the inescapable shadow of this. My only critique is that it seems to have been deliberately printed to become rare. 1000 were made, which is just about enough, but then it was quickly withdrawn from sale, and can now only be had at many hundreds of dollars. (it was already high at the original $85). I accept publishers withholding the last copies for a higher price, but this seemed to be 'reserved' after just a handful of books were sold. Such publishing shenanigans aside, the work is great.
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5 of 12 people found the following review helpful By N. Snel-Hest on October 13, 2013
Format: Paperback
A third-rate photographer incapable of relying on his own skill must instead exploit shock tactics and controversy in order to drum up enough interest to sell copies of his book.
In this case it seems not to have worked.

Poor show.
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10 of 63 people found the following review helpful By T. G. Peranteau on October 11, 2013
Format: Paperback
Are we really going to pay money for crap like this? What's next? Documenting sex with animals? Some things are better left unsaid, and this is one of those things.
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