John Coplans: A Body

John Coplans: A Body
Library Shelf Location 18.COPL
Publication Date 2002
Description For thirty-three years, John Coplans has photographed his body nude. He made his first picture of his back and hands in 1978 when he was fifty-eight and the last in A Body in 2001, at the age of eight-one. Mythic in scope and unflinching in its examination of one person's humanness and mortality, Coplans transcends, in this sequence of 115 images, the boundaries of photography as an art. A painter by training and a self-taught photographer by choice, Coplans uses his own headless body as his subject matter and as his medium to investigate every inch and idea about his maleness. Epic, grotesque, bittersweet, sensual, provocative, poignant, funny, and even - at times - absurd, Coplans achieves a visual meditation on the compelling relationship beween sensuality, aging, and death that is unparalleled in the history of the medium. While Coplans has published abbreviated versions of his nude portraits in catalogs and small format books, A Body is the first publication to present the full emotional impact of this important work in an oversized monograph that takes the viewer on a protean voyage through, inside, around, and all over the human body
ISBN 1576871363
Quantity 1
Pages 164
Editor Carole Kismaric
Publisher Powerhouse Books
Related Artist John Coplans
Categories Photography, Artist (relating to a single artist/collaborative team)
Keywords Older people, Body (subject), Death, Self-portraits
Artist's Nationality English, British/UK
Language English

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