Exactitudes

Ari Versluis, Ellie Uyttenbroek

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Edition : First / Rotterdam / 010 Publishers / 2002 / Hardcover. / VG+
4to. Unpaginated (ca 200pp). Numerous Colour plates. Text in English.

Brilliant and quite hilarious study of archetypes and common forms of dress, aside of being an astute social study, the book is kind of an accidental fashion classic. Has now run into many printings and revisions, but the first and original edition remains particularly elusive. “Rotterdam based photographer Ari Versluis and profiler Ellie Uyttenbroek have worked together since October 1994. Inspired by a shared interest in the striking dress codes of various social groups, they have systematically documented numerous identities over the last 20 years. Rotterdam’s heterogeneous, multicultural street scene remains a major source of inspiration for Ari Versluis and Ellie Uyttenbroek, although since 1998 they have also worked in many cities abroad.They call their series Exactitudes: a contraction of exact and attitude. By registering their subjects in an identical framework, with similar poses and a strictly observed dress code, Versluis and Uyttenbroek provide an almost scientific, anthropological record of people’s attempts to distinguish themselves from others by assuming a group identity. The apparent contradiction between individuality and uniformity is, however, taken to such extremes in their arresting objective-looking photographic viewpoint and stylistic analysis that the artistic aspect clearly dominates the purely documentary element.”

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