Bernadinism by Alva Bernadine Oversized Hardback 2001
Bernadinism by Alva Bernadine oversized hardback published by Stemmle printed in Italy 1st ed. 2001
Bernadine's photographic world is way out, incredible funny at times, disturbing at others. Or as Alva Bernadine himself puts it: "I take the theatricality of surrealism, the elegance of classical haute couture photography, the narrative of reportage and the refinements of advertising photography and mix them all into a 'Bernadine cock-tail'—a radical photographic synthesis." Bernadine's photographs can be read at two levels: on the surface, a feast for the eyes, below that, a wealth of sublime, ironic, sometimes provocative allusion. After the initial shock—maybe even the first burst of laughter-the spectator discovers the photographs' narrative quality, unfolding between careful mise-en-scène and surreal exaggeration. Latex-clad women in their fitted-kitchens, female bodies with two lower or upper torsos—these are stories from the subculture of male fantasy, defused somewhat by self-mocking exaggeration and surreal form, though without losing anything of their provocative and pugnacious quality.
Fully illustrated in color photographs mostly NSFW with some bumbed edges and minor scuffs. Its pretty insane.