Love You (One Picture Book) by Deanna Templeton. First impression of this Nazraeli One Picture Book edition (2020). Small hardback (one of 500) in new condition. #430 of this Nazraeli Press One Picture Book. Contains a signed by Deanna Templeton tipped-in original print (12.7 x 17.78 cm). No markings. Please see pictures. PayPal accepted, any questions please get in touch.
About Love You (One Picture Book)
Love you focuses on the idea of the symbols we use to express love. Whether it’s a heart spray painted on a wall or a lock clamped on a bridge. Maybe it’s initial carved on a tree or a marriage proposal doodles into the sand. Templeton examines a varied range of public expressions of (romantic) love. In fact, they go all the way back to prehistoric cave paintings.
As a matter of fact, this study of the language of love, which has the heart’ as its main symbol, is the central theme of Templeton’s study. Her documentary approach allows her to explore her themes from the inside out, exposing them to the viewer like a dissected animal.
Finally, Love You is a limited edition of 500 copies and each of them includes a 5×7 inch original print, signed by Deanna Templeton. Completely unmissable.
About Deanna Templeton
Deanna Templeton (1969, Huntington Beach) is an American artist and photographer. Templeton started pursuing photography at the age of 15 after her mum gifted her a camera. She used that camera to explore and document the local Los Angeles punk scene.
Early in her photography career, Templeton traveled with her husband (Ed Templeton) and other professional skateboarders on their international tours, documenting the scene. Templeton’s photographs from that period embody a unique perspective of skateboarding and skateboard culture because they reflect a female perspective of a sport which, at the time, was documented and dominated by men. In 2007, she published the book Your Logo Here; the photographs capture young girls offering their bodies to their skateboard idols for them to sign and for skate companies to “brand” with spray paint templates. Photographs from Your Logo Here culminated in an exhibition titled Scratch My Name On Your Arm, which traveled throughout Europe in 2009; drawing inspiration from the punk scene that inspired her as a teenager, Templeton appropriated her exhibition’s title from a Smith’s song.
She continued to explore the body with her 2016 book Swimming Pool, in which she photographed her friends who were invited to skinny dip in her pool; she documented these scenes over eight years in both colour and black-and-white photographs.
For around 20 years, Templeton made street portraits of young women that she collected in the book What She Said (2021). The portraits are contrasted with journal entries from her own adolescence in the 1980s.
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