David Seidner by Betsy Sussler

BOMB 29 Fall 1989
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Self-Portrait of David Seidner in black and white, 1989.

David Seidner, Self-Portrait, 1989.

David Seidner’s portraits stare from scarred reflections: Masks that betray the graze of an eyelash, a slip of a smile, the flare of a nostril. Trapped, refracted, and ultimately revealed, the subjects stir: shades merge with their own tracings.

His photographs of clothes and costumes are still lifes that waver in a moment.

Everywhere there is something missing, Always something left behind. What is excluded is sumptuous, overwhelming. We can see it. The past howls through pristine artifice. Ghosts are eternal.

David Seidner, Celina Fischer Von Czettritz, 1988.

David Seidner, Celina Fischer Von Czettritz, 1988.

David Seidner, Violeta Sanchez, 1979.

David Seidner, Violeta Sanchez, 1979.

David Seidner, Betty Lago-Azzedine Alaia, 1986.

David Seidner, Betty Lago-Azzedine Alaia, 1986.

David Seidner, Untitled, 1987.

David Seidner, Untitled, 1987.

—David Seidner, Photographs is being published this Fall by Rizzoli in the United States, Schirmer/Mosel in Germany and France, and Thames and Hudson in England.

David Seidner (1957–1999) by Betsy Sussler
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Mixed Doubles by Teri Slotkin
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Several “black and white studio portraits of pairs—people connected by blood marriage, social, business or other ties,” Mixed Doubles by Teri Slotkin. 

Two Photographs by Kate Simon
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Two photographs, Ethyl Eichelberger as Lucretia Borgia and Ann Magnuson as Mrs. Rambo by Kate Simon. Magnusons’ dress by Pilar Limosner and wig by Barry Hendrickson.

John and Anna, Essay: Marathon Hotel, July 1982 by Alexandra Avakian
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Two photographic spreads, John and Anna, Essay: Marathon Hotel, July 1982 and Carlito and Bottle, Essay: Welfare Mother, November 1984 by Alexandra Avakian.

Originally published in

BOMB 29, Fall 1989

Featuring interviews with Kevin Spacey, Robert Gober, Deborah Eisenberg, Christopher Guest, Isaac Mizrahi, Kazuo Ishiguro, Marvin Heiferman, Bharati Mukherjee, John Heys, Maureen Conner, Hillary Johnson, and Ketan Mehta.

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