Jeffrey Silverthorne Photographs (Signed)
as new in wraps First collection of this highly influencial and talented photographer, morgue photographs and nudes, one of 1800 copies only 1000 were available in tyhe USA, this is a signed copy. Illustrated by 40 bw and color. first PB edition.
Review: The Sensuous Aspect of Death
I think of myself as an open-minded student of photography with a broad spectrum of likes. And I have been fascinated with the photographers of the grotesque (such as Joel Peter Witken) for many years. But I can honestly say that this little volume of Jeffrey Silverthorne’s works (from a show at Galerie A, in Stuttgart) is one of the most difficult books in my collection. It is one of the few volumes that I warn people about when they go to pick it up.
Silverthorne has an intense fascination with death, and an equally eerie sense of the sensual. Most of the photographs in this volume are drawn from several series done in morgues. But what Silverthorne often sees is a sexuality that is nearly as chilling as death itself. Constantly in these photographs your first reaction is as if the subject (a sleeping girl, a mother, a pair of lovers) is alive. And then the eye sees the whole picture, and with a shock you must adjust your vision to include the scars and cuts of death and autopsy. Other shots have an almost poetic balance which also shatters in the mirror of mortality. Few photographers can consistently evoke such a sense of horror.
In another series Silverthorne works with found models in the motels of Detroit. These have a different kind of horror. Despite the casualness of the participants there is a strong theme of alienation and loss. These are people thrown together as if they were bodies. Each responds to the camera as if the others on the image were not there. This is not the horror of death, but the horror of anomie. A loss not of the body, but the spirit. One is changed in viewing these images, and not in comfortable ways.
I cannot help but admire a photographer who can produce such strong and unnerving images. But I am more comfortable when the book is tucked away on its bookshelf…. — from an online blog, anon. author.
trade paperback, chinese fold, french fold covers, VF as new, signed by the photographer approx. 8×10″ 40 varnished tritone images, now OOP.
Original signed and vintage photographs are available by this photographer at Book Beat, please inquire.