Edition : First / Santa Fe / Twin Palms / 1992 / Hardcover. / Near Fine / Near Fine Large 4to, 116pp. Black cloth with gilt. Printed in sheet fed gravure. Inscribed with a drawing by Van Sant to FFEP.
A beautiful production. “he film director’s debut collection of portrait-photographs. Every subject is photographed in exactly the same way: A frontal pose, taken at a medium-shot angle, with minimal lighting, thereby bringing out both the chiaroscuro effect of light and shadow and the expressiveness of his subjects’ faces and bodies. Gus Van Sant began taking photographs for the auditions of “Drugstore Cowboy” and “My Own Private Idaho”. The casual picture-taking quickly developed into a full-fledged project, encompassing a Who’s Who of the 20th century and capturing the exuberance and hedonism of a decade.” Robert Altman, Traci Lords, William S. Burroughs, David Byrne, Annie Leibovitz, Dennis Hopper, Ken Kesey, Keanu Reeves, Flea, Kevin and Matt Dillon, Allen Ginsberg, River Phoenix, Heather Graham, Anthony Keidis, Kelly Lynch, David Bowie, Udo Kier, Francis Ford, Roman and Sofia Coppola, Tod Haynes, John Waters, Patti D’Arbanville, Peter Boyle, Steve Buscemi, Faye Dunaway and more.