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Barbara Morgan: Photomontage (Signed Copy)
Barbara Morgan
Barbara Morgan: Photomontage (Signed Copy)
Book softbound
10 x 8-1/2 in. (254 x 216 mm)
Signed on the title page. Published by Morgan & Morgan, Dobbs Ferry, NY, 1980. First edition with a nice selection of Morgan's imaginative B/W photomontage images. A NF softcover copy. 64 pp. Some text and 50 full page B/W photo reproductions.
Price: $125 (ref. 13706)

Helmut Newton: White Women
Helmut Newton
Helmut Newton: White Women
Book hardbound
12-3/8 x 9-1/4 in. (314 x 235 mm)
NY Stonehill 1976. Published by Stonehill Publishing Company in 1976. Hardcover, first edition. First Printing. Introductory essay by Philippe Garner, captions by Helmut Newton. A very fine copy in fine+ dust jacket with a slight chip to bottom right cover of dj. White Women, Helmut Newton's legendary first work, appeared more than 20 years ago. With its superior mixture of aesthetics, technical perfection and bourgeois decadence it has lost nothing of its potency and attractiveness. Newton's work encompasses a wealth of themes, also embodying facets of the mass-media world of glamour, masquerade and show. Using subtle, yet striking images--like those of Paloma Picasso, Veruschka, Elsa Peretti, Karl Lagerfeld, David Hockney and Charlotte Rampling--Newton embraces the delicate, natural beauty of the naked female body. White Women is a masterpiece of erotic visual literature.
Price: $485 (ref. 9497)

Passage: A Work Record
Irving Penn
Passage: A Work Record
Book (Signed Copy) hardbound
12-3/4 x 11 in. (324 x 279 mm)
Penn, Irving, Alexandra Arrowsmith & Nicola Majocchi. Introduction by Alexander Liberman. IRVING PENN: PASSAGE, A WORK RECORD. Signed and Dated by the Photographer. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. & Callaway Editions, Inc., 1991. First Edition. 4to. Cloth in Pictorial Dust Jacket. Photography Monograph. Very Fine. 300 pp, profusely illustrated in color and duotone. With a work chronology. "Passage" is the monumental 1991 survey of Irving Penn's extraordinary career as a portrait, still life, and fashion photographer. Produced by Nicholas Callaway with photographic supervision by Richard Benson, it beautifully collects and reproduces more than fifty years of his visionary work - primarily in conjunction with Vogue magazine. A handsome copy of this landmark publication BOLDLY SIGNED AND DATED by Irving Penn in the year of publication inside a circular cartouche in black ink on the half title page.
Price: $950 (ref. 12450)

What's Wrong with Daguerre: Reconsidering old and new views on the invention of photography
Hans Rooseboom
What's Wrong with Daguerre: Reconsidering old and new views on the invention of photography
Book/Pamphlet softbound
8-1/4 x 5-7/8 in. (210 x 149 mm)
[Published Nescio, 2010 Amsterdam] Limited edition of only 500 copies. From Hans Rooseboom, curator of photography at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, comes a finely researched, self-published monograph, "What's Wrong with Daguerre?" This 35-page treatise explores the historical record, familiarly noting that when Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre introduced his daguerreotype process in 1839, he was regarded as photography's principal inventor, but that it wasn't long before other innovators--notably Joseph- Nicéphore Niépce, William Henry Fox Talbot and Hippolyte Bayard--were viewed as rivals, sparking the "priority debate" about who was the rightful father of photography. With ample citations and clear comparative analysis, Rooseboom argues compellingly that Daguerre's problem (that is, the devaluation of his role and his process) has often been a matter of bias or nationalism on the part of photo-historians and others who, for example, view the daguerreotype as an instrument of commercialism and the calotype of Fox Talbot as a purer expression of photographic art.
Price: $15 (ref. 12453)

August Sander: Rheinlandschaften 1929-1946
August Sander
August Sander: Rheinlandschaften 1929-1946
Book hardbound
0 x 0 in. (0 x 0 mm)
Photographs by August Sander and text by Wolfgang Kemp. Schirmer/Mosel, Munich, 1975. Quarto. Hardcover in very fine condition with very fine dust jacket. First edition, 58pp., text-illustrations, plus 40 full-page b&w photos. In German. Kemp recounts early landscape photography and art, and Sander's landscapes, portraits and biography. Excellent condition in a scarce book.
Price: $350 (ref. 9026)

Gary Schneider: Nudes
Gary Schneider
Gary Schneider: Nudes
Book hardbound
18-1/4 x 9-1/4 in. (464 x 235 mm)
Aperture Foundation, New York City, NY, 2005. Hardcover. First Edition. First Printing. 80pp., 35 four-color illustrations. As New in partial shrink wrap. Debut collection of male and female full-frontal nudes. One of the most unusual and most fascinating erotic and portrait photography books of the year 2005. Published in a small and limited print run as a hardcover original only. A stunningly beautiful production by Gary Schneider, Francesca Richer, and Aperture Foundation: Oversize-volume format. The book is 18-1/4 inches long. Handsome black silk cloth boards with glossy photographic reproduction of a female nude pasted on cover and metallic-silver titles printed on spine, as issued. Photographs and brief afterword by Gary Schneider. Printed on 200 gsm Garda thick coated stock paper by EBS in Verona, Italy to the very highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents the American artist/photographer"s very first, full-fledged collection of nudes. Gary Schneider began experimenting with his unusual lighting technique in 1989, but he did not take these photographs until 2002 through 2004. The book is dedicated to Peter Hujar, who was his best friend, and John Erdman, his lifelong partner. Like all great photographic nudes, Gary Schneider's nudes delicately tread the line between the nude-as-study and the nude-as-erotic-object. They are not mutually exclusive. On the contrary, they are mutually inclusive. Schneider used a small flash light to photograph each subject. What we see is not digitally altered in any way; the pitch-dark surrounding is real; and most crucial of all, the dark areas of the bodies that make many of the subjects look unusually hairy (or "rubbed over with charcoal", as one critic observed) are intentional on Schneider's part. The results are unlike anything anyone has seen or expects, and are therefore disorienting and even unsettling. You can't help looking, looking away, and looking back again, this time to linger, appreciate, and enjoy. Very few nudes afford us such an experience and reward repeated viewings so richly. Schneider is, in effect, applying and extending what he learned from a lifetime of portraiture to leave his indelible mark on the nude. His nudes can only be described as original and moving portraits of the human body in all of its particularity and beauty. "Schneider illuminates contemporary art and science, conceptual art and performance, portraiture and identity, and privacy within the public sphere", according to Deborah Martin Kao. Schneider's achievement was finally recognized in a major retrospective exhibition simply called "Portraits" at The Harvard University Art Museum in 2004. His new collection presents the nude-as-portrait.
Price: $75 (ref. 9171)