JOYCE IMAGES by Bob & Greg Vitiello Cato


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Joyce was so little of a visual writer that he created characters one can hardly see,"" writes Anthony Burgess in his introduction to this array of images of James Joyce. But photographers loved him. And why not? With his arsenal of eye patches and dark glasses, his occasional goatee and cane, Joyce presented the very image of high modernism, the platonic ideal of the artist in exile. Many of the photographs here chosen by Cato, an award-winning art director and designer, and Vitiello (The Technology of Man, not reviewed) will be familiar to readers of Richard Ellman's biography (particularly the one of Joyce at 6, wearing a sailor's suit and looking at the camera as if he could read its mind); others are published here for the first time. In addition to photographs of Joyce (with his father, Nora, their children, Ezra Pound, Sylvia Beach, and others), there are drawings by various artists, including Brancusi and David Levine.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1994
Page count: 128pp
Publisher: Norton