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Harms Way: Lust & Madness, Murder & Mayhem : A Book of Photographs Hardcover – August, 1994

4.2 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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"Every plate in this book is a story whose beginning we must infer and conjecture, whose end 
we dread, whose vicissitudes arouse compassion. What could be a better description of our 
own lives?" - New York Times


"For some of the photographs, an expert on the period supplies a caption that better answers 
our need for information." - The New York Times Book Review
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Twin Palms Pub; 2 edition (August 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0944092284
  • ISBN-13: 978-0944092286
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 9.5 x 12.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,234,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on January 11, 1999
Format: Paperback
Although its the right size, Joel Peter Witkin's Harm's Way is not a coffee table book. Its photographs are thematically grouped from murder victims to medical horrors to the insane, and all the photos are circa 1875 to maybe 1920. These are accompanied by articulate essays explaining why the photos are being published at all insofar as most folks will find them grotesque and not a little disturbing - which is probably just the point. The subjects of the pictures were real people, the bizarre situations were also real. Try and hide as we will, we cannot hide from them. If you like poking about places you shouldn't be, this book is for you. If not, it's not.
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Format: Hardcover
A partial listing of photo journalistic topics: physical prodigies of all kinds, pinheads, dwarfs, giants, hunchbacks, pre-op transsexuals, anyone with a parasitic twin, twins sharing the same arm or leg, living Cyclopes, people with tails, horns, wings, fins, claws, reversed feet or hands, elephantine limbs, etc. Anyone with additional arms, legs, eyes, breasts, ears, nose, lips.
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Format: Hardcover
This classic of morbidity is out-of-print so it's hard to track down, but Amazon does have a few used copies of it. It's a collection of bizarre vintage photographs compiled by a bizarre modern photographer, the legendary Joel-Peter Witkin. If I have a complaint about this book it's that it's all over the place, subject-wise. I have a hard time grasping what the point of it is, exactly. But it's still an excellent collection of vintage crime scene, medical, freakshow, and erotica images, complete with fascinating descriptions of the history behind the images. Some of the crime scene photographs are better presented in Evidence by Luc Sante, but I can forgive that flaw. After all, there are many images here that aren't found anywhere else. Overall, I'd recommend this to enthusiasts of the unusual.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a compendium of images Witkin has put together that are either photo-journalistic, done by crime photographers, or pure documentation of people with deformities, maladies or other differences that set them apart from the rest of the world.
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By A Customer on November 21, 2002
Format: Hardcover
If you are a serious collector of early photos,this is not the book for you.Besides the terrible organization of photo subject and type reference,some of wich have no reference at all,some of the photos would probably be already quite familliar to you,and are all done over in this sepia like tone instead of their true colors.As well,some of them are not quite so early.The text is taken from books of other people who have done great works on crime photogrphy,(Eugenia Parry),and so are the photos.if you want artsy,you might appreciate it.If you want a serious book on early photos of crime or the like,don't waste your money
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