Restraint and Desire is the culmination of a lifelong creative partnership between husband and wife Ken Graves and Eva Lipman. With a profound visual sensitivity, Graves and Lipman collect human gestures that betray the complex interiority of their subjects. Hands often act here as the protagonist– grabbing, touching, reaching –entering and exiting the photographs like a visual metronome.

Publisher: TBW Books 2021

Ken Graves and Eva Lipman - Restraint and Desire - Bildersturm Blog
© Ken Graves and Eva Lipman by courtesy of TBW Books
Ken Graves and Eva Lipman - Restraint and Desire - Bildersturm Blog
© Ken Graves and Eva Lipman by courtesy of TBW Books
Ken Graves and Eva Lipman - Restraint and Desire - Bildersturm Blog
© Ken Graves and Eva Lipman by courtesy of TBW Books
Ken Graves and Eva Lipman - Restraint and Desire - Bildersturm Blog
© Ken Graves and Eva Lipman by courtesy of TBW Books

For decades they acutely surveyed high school dances, military ceremonies, football games, boxing matches, and other American social rituals, seeking to capture the complex intensity between humans often overlooked in these commonplace settings. These mostly prosaic happenings often revealed sexual tensions that Ken and Eva saw not only in the world around them, but in their own relationship.

As Eva says, “our work reflected back to us, like a mirror, the intensities and power dynamics of our shared life together.” Acts of generosity and humility, domination and submission, passions, both violent and tender, straight and homoerotic, are all beautifully enhanced through the intimacy of the photographs.

Publisher’s Info

Ken Graves and Eva Lipman - Restraint and Desire - Bildersturm Blog
© Ken Graves and Eva Lipman by courtesy of TBW Books
Ken Graves and Eva Lipman - Restraint and Desire - Bildersturm Blog
© Ken Graves and Eva Lipman by courtesy of TBW Books
Ken Graves and Eva Lipman - Restraint and Desire - Bildersturm Blog
© Ken Graves and Eva Lipman by courtesy of TBW Books
Ken Graves and Eva Lipman - Restraint and Desire - Bildersturm Blog
© Ken Graves and Eva Lipman by courtesy of TBW Books
Ken Graves and Eva Lipman - Restraint and Desire - Bildersturm Blog

Book Specs: Restraint and Desire by Ken Graves and Eva Lipman published by TBW Books 2021| Hardcover | 90 pages | 39 duotone plates | 9.25 x 10.5″ | ISBN 978-1-942953-46-3. Available here.

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Ken Graves (1942 – 2016) and Eva Lipman (1946 – ) are known for their collaborative photographs capturing  surreal images that open a world of interpretive narratives.

Artists: http://graveslipman.com/

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