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Saturday: Joel-Peter Witkin Book Signing

covers of Vanitas, Heaven or Hell and Joel-Peter Witkin

Joel-Peter Witkin Book Signing for Vanitas, Heaven or Hell and Joel-Peter Witkin

Where: photo-eye Gallery, 376 Garcia Street, Suite A Santa Fe, NM
When: Saturday, October 13th 3:00-5:00pm
Contact: Melanie McWhorter
Phone: 505.988.5152 x 112

photo-eye is pleased to host Joel-Peter Witkin, author of Vanitas, Heaven or Hell and Joel-Peter Witkin. Witkin will be signing copies of all of these recent publications.

"I make photographs worthy of human spirit. To understand my work, the viewer agrees to enter a world of belief and wonder, of time and timelessness, of hope and fear in order to confront the heights and depths that form our lives.It is a privilege and great responsibility to devote to art. My vocation is to create totally personal and unique art, which is the transformation of my vision into photographs. I make the work in order to create contemporary images of human history. The subject of my photographs is the human soul.” -- Joel-Peter Witkin, September 2012

Joel-Peter Witkin was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1939. When Witkin was sixteen years old, Edward Steichen, head of the department of photography at MOMA, selected one of Witkin's
photographs for its permanent collection. After enlists in the U.S. Army as a photographer from 1961 to 1964, Wtikin earned a BFA from The Cooper Union in sculpture. In 1974, he was awarded a fellowship in poetry from Columbia University, and received an M.A. 1976 and M.F.A., 1986 from the University of New Mexico. He has won many awards including four National Endowments in photography and the I.C.P. Infinity Award.

Witkin's photographs have been exhibited internationally and are included in many museum
collections including the Metropolitan Museum, the Rijksmuseum, the Pompidou Centre,
the Guggenheim Museum. He is a decorated chevalier de l'Order des Arts et des Lettres of France 2000 and Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres of France, 2000. Twenty-seven books have been published on his work.

Joel-Peter Witkin lives and works in Albuquerque, New Mexico with his wife Barbara and many rescued animals including seven horses, four llamas, four dogs and one cat named "My Cousin Vinnie."

Unable to attend? Order your copies here:
Heaven or Hell
Joel-Peter Witkin

photo-eye Gallery is located at 376 Garcia Street, Suite A, Santa Fe, NM and is open Monday through Saturday, 10am to 6pm.