10 April 2008,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 12,500
Estimate USD 4,000 - USD 6,000
La fille du docteur -- The Doctor's Daughter. New York: Thea Westreich, 1991.
Folio (279 x 205 mm). 18 black and white photographs, 16 of these printed on transparent paper. Complete with 16 note cards in mounted transparent envelopes. Original faux-leopard skin; original cardboard box, title label mounted on front side; cloth folding box. Provenance: Ralph Gibson (b.1939), American photographer (inscription from Calle).
FIRST EDITION. A FINE PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY THE PHOTOGRAPHER TO RALPH GIBSON: "This exchange of women for Ralph from Sophie". The inscription may refer to Gibson's Infanta which was published in the same year, and which he may have presented to Calle. A "beautifully produced book", La fille du docteur considers issues of gender and desire "with complexity and subtlety, though with an admirable economy of means" (The Photobook). One of 233 copies, this one hors-commerce. The Open Book, pp. 353-53; The Photobook, vol. II, pp.166-67.
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