JRP | Ringier, 2010 First edition Softcover, 512 pages, 203 x 262 mm Condition: New
Running away from home at 13, Mark Morrisroe survived a fraught childhood and teen years as a prostitute to attend art school in Boston, where he made friendships with Nan Goldin, David Armstrong, Jack Pierson and Philip-Lorca DiCorcia, who became known as the Boston School. Although he died of AIDS-related illnesses in 1989 when he was only 30, Morrisroe produced an incredibly rich and various body of work that stands out because of its individual aesthetic.
He captured his friends and lovers in painterly portraits and nude photographs; the Polaroid camera became a mirror of his own body, reflecting its illness and decay. During the three years leading up to his death he transferred his photographic experiments more and more to the darkroom. After his death, more than 2,000 Polaroids were found among his possessions.
This comprehensive monograph compiles for the first time the full range of his astonishing output; from the early punk years to Super-8 films, photograms and the late self-portraits. More than 500 images are reproduced here, alongside essays and an extensive biography.
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