The 1986 film "Caravaggio" presented the life of Baroque painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio in a fictionalised form, and featured Tilda Swinton and Sean Bean in their first film roles. Derek Jarman worked on the film for over 7 years. In this book he tells how the film was made, and includes many stunning photographs by Gerald Incandela, a photographer whose pictures result from the conceptual merging of drawing and painting with photography in a manner that stresses the importance of the artist's hand as much as the mechanical operation of the camera. In the darkroom, Incandela radically alters the camera image, selectively applying developer with painterly brushstrokes and exposing only certain elements on the print. The final image results in a dramatic play upon light and vision.
Michael Derek Elworthy Jarman (1942–1994) was an English film director, stage designer, diarist, artist, gardener and author. In the 1970s he had a studio at Butler's Wharf, London, and was outspoken about homosexuality, his public fight for gay rights, and his personal struggle with AIDS (having been diagnosed HIV-positive in 1986). His illness prompted his move to Prospect Cottage, Dungeness in Kent, near the nuclear power station, where he created a garden which is still visited by fans. Jarman was buried in the graveyard at St. Clements Church, Old Romney, Kent.
Our copy of the book is in very good condition, the soft covers only lightly browned round the edges, and with almost no signs of wear or use. Inside, the binding is firm, and all pages clean and bright. Jarman's ink-written signature is on the first page, dated May 1986.