Let The Sun Beheaded Be: Limited Edition

Gregory Halpern


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Available for pre-order! Orders for this limited-edition will ship by November 2020.

Aperture is pleased to offer this deluxe, limited-edition book and print set in conjunction with the publication of Gregory Halpern’s Let the Sun Beheaded Be. The edition has been produced with the goal of supporting two non-profit organizations: the artist’s proceeds will be donated in their entirety, shared equally between Locust Street Art and the Pan American Health Organization. Based in Buffalo, New York, Locust Street Art offers free art classes to the local community, making art accessible to all; it is an organization where Halpern himself spent time in his youth. The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is a specialized international health agency for the Americas—including the Caribbean archipelago of Guadeloupe, the subject of Halpern’s book. PAHO works with countries throughout the region to improve and protect people’s health.

This collectable set includes a signed, limited-edition printing of the book, with special silver-foil-stamped cover encased in a clamshell box and accompanied by a signed and numbered 8-by-10-inch digital c-print of an image featured in the series. This set is limited to an edition of seventy.

In Let the Sun Beheaded Be, Halpern focuses on Guadeloupe, a French overseas region with a complicated and violent colonial history. Renowned for his photographic meditations on place, Halpern presents a compelling portrait of Guadeloupe and its inhabits, focusing on local histories and experiences. Let the Sun Beheaded Be commingles life and death, nature and culture, and beauty and decay in enigmatic color images of the archipelago’s residents and lush landscapes, as well as monuments related to the brutality of its past.

Let the Sun Beheaded Be was produced as part of Immersion, a program of the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, in partnership with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson.


Gregory Halpern (born in Buffalo, New York, 1977) received a BA in history and literature from Harvard University, and an MFA from California College of the Arts. In 2014, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. He has published six books of his work: Harvard Works Because We Do (2003); A (2011); East of the Sun, West of the Moon (in collaboration with Ahndraya Parlato, 2014); ZZYZX (2016); Confederate Moons (2018); and Omaha Sketchbook (2019). He is coeditor of The Photographer’s Playbook (with Jason Fulford, Aperture, 2014) and teaches at Rochester Institute of Technology, New York.


Untitled, 2019
Digital C-Print
Edition of 70 + 7 APs
Image Size: 7 x 8.75 inches
Paper Size: 8 x 10 inches
Signed and numbered by the artist
Accompanied by a signed limited-edition clothbound book enclosed in a clamshell case

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