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Award-winning fine art photographer Tim Palen serves up a visionary collection
of images in his debut book collection GUTS, culled from his work in and around
the marketing of six cutting-edge horror films. The 110-page book includes
movie and event posters, production stills, outtakes, and location photos. The
cover image -- a photograph of red, glistening meat -- telegraphs both the
nature and sensibility of the work inside: sensual, sophisticated and veined with
a drolly macabre sense of humor. GUTS is published by Baby Tattoo Press. The
Summer 2007 first printing is now on sale at the publisher’s
website, and at
select specialty bookstores including Forbidden Planet in New York City and
Golden Apple in Los Angeles. The summer run includes a very limited special
edition, which presents GUTS like a package of supermarket beef, shrink-
wrapped and nestled on a foam tray.

Adding to the illusion, the cover of the limited edition will not include type.  
GUTS demonstrates Palen’s mastery of the bold, alluring and unsettling image
that is intrinsic to the horror genre’s enduring power. GUTS gathers for the first
time Palen’s eye-catching posters for three years of the SAW Blood Drive, an
annual Halloween event benefiting the Red Cross. White looks anything but
innocent in these campaigns starring a bevy of seductive nurses, angels of
questionable mercy who appear quite eager to draw blood. Other highlights
include a series of haunting photographs shot at Iceland ’s otherworldly Blue
Lagoon during a visit to the set of Eli Roth’s HOSTEL II. GUTS also opens a
window onto Palen’s collaboration with several filmmakers who have taken
horror in a new direction, and includes commentary by Roth (HOSTEL I, HOSTEL
II) and Darren Lynn Bousman (SAW II, SAW III, SAW IV), among others.

Palen’s twelve-year photography career encompasses editorial, advertising,
fashion and portraiture. His work has appeared in such publications as Premiere,
Paper, Vibe, Redbook, Penthouse, The New York Observer, and Flaunt
Magazine. In 2006, Hollywood Life Magazine’s Behind the Camera Awards
honored him for his impact on the movie industry with its “Movie Marketing
Ninja” Award.  His fine art photography for movie posters has also garnered
numerous Hollywood Reporter Key Art Awards, which honor achievements in the
creative advertising community. Palen is currently Co-President of Theatrical
Marketing at Lionsgate. He and his partner divide their time between Los
Angeles and Joshua Tree, CA.