Stunning boxed set of photographic portraits capturing the visual essence of five '80s youth subcultures.
Fine in very good box.
ANNA BEEKE: Jongeren van de Jaren Tachtig
"Got to hit me (hit me) hit me / with those laser beams / Ow! ow! ow! ow! ow! ow! / Laser beams...aiih aaah..."
Compelling set of five double portraits, each showing a different young Netherlandish couple dressed in the characteristic ensemble of their respective '80s subculture. The pairs are all impeccably outfitted and seemingly self-confident: the '50s recreationists with beehive and quiff; the punks in their tattered rags and extremely interesting boots; the goths with crimped waterfalls of hair and eyeliner for days; and the preps and the ultraconservatives, who make up in good posture what they lack in style.
Photographer Anna Beeke, formally trained at the Rietveld Akademie in Amsterdam, worked as a model as well as photographer and (per the box notes) developed an interest in capturing the adolescent impulse to self-differentiate that leads equally to individuality and to conformity within a chosen group-affiliation. Accompanying the photographs is a publisher's sheet with partial lyrics to a chosen song favored by each couple: from The Gun Club's "For the Love of Ivy" to the sentimental bathos of Andre Hazes to Frankie Goes to Hollywood's "Relax," each choice accords perfectly with the subjects' self-created image.
Lochem: Schulte & Partners, [circa 1985]. 16.5'' x 12.5''. Set of five black and white photographs on black foam boards. In original black cloth publisher's box with paper label mounted to lid. Box text in Dutch. With single printed sheet (15.5'' x 11.75''), reproducing photos in miniature with printed song lyrics above. One photograph lightly foxed; others unmarked. Box moderately worn and scuffed, with lid corners separating.
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