Sex.Death. Transcendence.

New Book: Sex.Death.Transcendence. TBWBooks Quotes

"Linda celebrates the vitality and eroticism of the human body at all ages. Her images are a playful, defiant challenge to conformist attitudes towards women's sexuality in later life.

Throughout this book, Linda presents herself as nuanced; variously sensual, potent, vulnerable and commanding. The images show Linda finding pleasure in the act of viewing and photographing her body, whether dressing up in an exuberant array of make-up, jewels and fashions, or presenting herself in an entirely unadorned state. She allows herself – and through her actions, other women – freedom from the pressure to be any one thing, within a society that often demands conformity."

Emily Steer, Journalist and editor

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50 Years of Self-Portraits
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Hand-sewn saddle stitch binding
96 pages, 48 color / 11 duotone plates
9 x 13 in.
Essay by Darcey Steinke
ISBN: 978-1-942953-51-7

Over the years, I saw that the body must be examined, moved, re-engaged, re-found, re-addressed because it is such a powerful route to intimate photographs and a surreal contact with the great beyond.  Linda Troeller

Linda Troeller uses the camera like a tool to activate her own personal shamanistic ritual. A producer of self-portraiture her entire life and now in her seventies, Troeller identifies the moment of making a photograph as one of deep realization, spiritual connection, and even transformation. Each self-image allows her a more complete understanding of her being. Sex. Death. Transcendence. joins together a selection of these self-portraits spanning her life—in black and white and color, with traditional film and iPhone cameras—that mark her existence in time. Troeller uses her own aging body and by doing so challenges our notions of what we deem desirable as a culture. Troeller flips her own image on the viewer along with all of its meaning and power and forces us to take a deeper look within ourselves. Darcey Steinke’s insightful essay contextualizes Troeller’s individualistic approach to photography.

“Intense and intimate, these unflinching images record the life-long relationship between a woman, her body, and her camera. Linda Troeller’s self portraits invite the viewer to reconsider society’s negative portrayal of older women, and to not just accept, but to embrace the tender details of the aging female body...”

JoeAnn Hart, Author of Highwire Acts & Other Tales of Survival