San Francisco: Fraenkel Gallery, (2001). First trade edition. Hardcover. Folio. Essay by Judith Thurman. One of 5000 copies hard-bound with cloth spine. Two gallery printed price sheets, with photographic illustrations laid in. This major monograph stands as an important rediscovery of a small but central body of work in the career of one of the world's best known and beloved photographers. The Richard Avedon images presented here, 40 quadratone images, many for the first time, were made in Paris for 'Harper's Bazaar' magazine during the 1950s. What is particularly special about this presentation is that the images are being reproduced to the exact scale of the engraver's prints made for Avedon by the master printer Andre Gremola, and are uncropped, on their original mounts, with all of the artist's notations on both front and back. Thus, they provide a remarkable portrait of the working methods of one of the most influential fashion photographers in history. This oversized book, measuring 12 x 15 inches, is being printed without compromise with tritone plates throughout, and will be a stunning object in its own right. With this body of work, which indludes the photographer's iconographic "Dovima with Elephants, Cirque d'Hiver, 1955", Avedon broke radical new ground in the history of photography. He documented the moment in which postwar France was striving through fashion to reclaim its cultural eminence. A fine copy. Item #14484
ISBN: 188133712X

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