This work, subtly homoerotic, draws from themes of the past rather than the present, resulting in an overall quality that is unbounded by the constraints of time. The title, The Silver Cord, is a reference to the Biblical book of Ecclesiastes which discusses the end of time as we know it. Armstrong's photographs distil time leaving no before or ...Read MoreThis work, subtly homoerotic, draws from themes of the past rather than the present, resulting in an overall quality that is unbounded by the constraints of time. The title, The Silver Cord, is a reference to the Biblical book of Ecclesiastes which discusses the end of time as we know it. Armstrong's photographs distil time leaving no before or after; the result is an ode to beauty.Read Less
Fine in Fine jacket. Collectible. 4to-over 9¾"-12" tall. 119 pp., illus.; 31 cm. Firm binding, clean inside copy. Dust jacket protected in a mylar book cover. OVERSIZE! No priority/air, except by special arrangement. "In an age of media hype and political proselytizing David Armstrong's work resonates with calm intensity. The title The Silver Cord is a quote from Ecclesiastes 12, 6, a sermon on youth, aging, and a need for spiritual awakening before 'the silver cord is snapped. ' A melancholy awareness of time's passing and man's fragility underlies Armstrong's refined portraits and wistful landscapes. David Armstrong, a longtime friend of Nan Goldin's, has kept his work sheltered and protected for almost 25 years. This decision has allowed him to maintain an absolute integrity above and beyond passing trends and fads. His classical, deceptively simple photographs try to capture timeless essence rather than mere circumstance. Armstrong started out as an artist taking pictures of the people who gave meaning to his life. Tender longing pervades his homoerotic portraits of boys in the impermanence of their youth, his studies of close women friends, people of unspecific gender, and of gay couples both old and young. Serenely, Armstrong reveals and celebrates his sitters' vulnerability and desire. His out-of-focus images of gardens, palaces, and New York City streets convey a realm transcending the particularities of time and space. Armstrong's work is an antidote to the growing all-pervasive cynicism around us: he dares you to believe in the truth inherent in beauty."-Publisher.
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