EVA: ELOGE DE MA FILLE, by Irina Ionesco - 2004 [1st Ed]


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Eva: Eloge de ma Fille

by Irina Ionesco

Controversial portrait photo book by the iconic 20th B&W photographer Irina Ionesco.

First Edition, printed with English and French essays. Los Angeles, CA: Alice Press, 2004.

Hardback is overall in NEAR FINE condition, with a VERY GOOD+ DJ.

  • Stunning photo book has barely been handled, and is in remarkable condition, with minimal shelf wear to DJ.
  • Black linen over boards has white text on spine, with sharp corners and firm spine ends.
  • Binding is secure.
  • Pink endpapers are free of any owner's or stray marks.
  • Photos are vibrant, crisp and clear.
  • Text pages are gently toned, and interior pages show only faint signs of age or wear.
  • Illustrated DJ exhibits light shelf wear, with a gentle bump to head of spine, light bumps to head corners and some light scuffing at expected places. (See photos)
  • CR20200721

151 pages. 9.5 x 12.25inches.

ISBN: 097270731X

This photo book compiles over 124 images of Eva (b.1965), Ionesco's daughter, from ages 5-12. Includes a forward by Graham Ovenden, and a preface by A.D. Coleman, along with two essays by Ionesco: "Historical Background," and "The Fairy of Dreams."

Called the Grande Dame of photographic goth erotica, Ionesco published this extravagant series of Eva's photos in 2004--a girl-child as seen through the tender lens of her mother's eye. "The liberty I took in baring her is innocent. She personified a modern angel...in my gaze the greatest love of all took place," Ionesco states in her essay. "Weaving threads of baroque Orientalism, Gothic eroticism, and surrealist fantasy" the images are presented as with an elegant old-fashioned scrapbook: on dark matte paper with glossy photos. Each portrait is presented with a bit of the theatrical, hearkening back to Ionesco's roots in the performing arts.

Irina Ionesco (b.1935) was raised in Romania, but born and worked in Paris. She accidentally discovered photography when her painting instructor gifted her with a camera. The rest, as they say, is history, launching her photography career with a much acclaimed exhibit in 1974 at the Nikon Gallery in Paris.


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Irina Ionesco (French/Romanian, born 1935)

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