Closed Contact
Closed Contact Closed Contact

Los Angeles: Gagosian Gallery. 2002.

First edition. Folio (392x280mm). pp. [48]. 15 black and white and 14 colour photographs reproduced on high gloss paper. Original pale pink paper-covered boards, spine and upper cover lettered in black. Corners bumped, light soiling and the residue from a sticker to lower side. Essay by Katherine Dunn. Design by David James Associates. No dust jacket as issued.

In conceiving this book, Jenny Saville spent some months observing a cosmetic surgeon at work. With these photographs, she was attempting to capture something of the violence she witnessed at the surgery. Initially the images were intended for use as reference material for her paintings. On seeing the results, she felt that transforming the photographs into paintings would add nothing further to the visceral and disturbing nature of the originals.