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After numerous requests for a new collection of photos, Roy Stuart is back with a new book. Here he unveils a more daring and subver-sive work, bigger, bolder, which goes further than anything already published. It reveals the outrageous censorship imposed by Taschen whose absurdity is left to the readers to judge.
Since the creation of his full length feature film, The Lost Door, Roy Stuart continues to augment his unique rhythm and voice in contem-porary photography. In a time of video domination, still photography may no longer permit itself to be isolated in its immediacy but instead be part of a stream where the image invokes before and after, com-pressing the image and giving it it’s power… Beyond a need for cap-tions, the photograph must evolve to burst free of its own limitations, and reveals a third dimension of the image: expressing text, poetry, music ….
The DVD that accompanies the book is much more than a free gift. It is a true extension of the work; an invitation to reread a work that is presented as a question about limitations and unexplored possibili-ties of photography. It contains sequences from Roy Stuart’sGLIMPSE series, clips from his shoots, dressed in music and some-times text.The DVD represent the alliance between photography and video and offers a vision of what could become erotic art as opposed to the porn industry that clutters the internet with its waste.
In Western culture nudity, sexuality and beauty have always been linked to the notion of truth and the pursuit of knowledge. When re-ferring to truth In it’s purest form don’t we say the naked truth?And isn’t Beauty a door through which we awaken the dead, for a moment, a moment of desire, desire of the other, where after intros-pection, the understanding of this pleasure fades away beyond our grasp.This book is presented as a labyrinth, where an unexpected monster awaits …
What is the thread that guides us through Roy Stuart work? What would happen if we read this book as a search for a hidden se-cret between the images and lines?Do not hesitate. Go ahead. In the book you may find the answer,a monster, your reflection, the way out, the lost door that leads to this necessary truthat the heart of an artistic question,beyond the mystery of desire.