Title: ANDRE KERTESZ: THE EARLY YEARS - Scarce ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: W. W. Norton & Company, 2005
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 160 pages. Published in 2005. Exhibition Catalog. Retrospective collection of vintage photographs. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a tiny print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. An austerely elegant production by Laura Lindgren: Small-size volume format. Blue cloth boards with gilt titles embossed on cover and spine, and photographic reproduction pasted on the recessed center, as issued. Photographs by Andre Kertesz, which are reproduced at actual size. Edited by Paul Berlanga. Introduction by Bruce Silverstein. Essay by Robert Gurbo. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in Hungary to the highest standards. In glassine DJ, as issued. Published on the occasion of the exhibition of the same name held at the Bruce Silverstein Gallery New York from October 1 through November 30, 2005. Presents "Andre Kertesz: The Early Years". The earliest photographs by Andre Kertesz. The Hungarian Master was a major influence on virtually all of the most important photographers of the 20th century (notably, Henri Cartier-Bresson), and is regarded by many as perhaps the greatest of them all. "His combination of Modernist vision and poetic wit defined a vocabulary that generations of photographers have continued to use. Kertesz's iconic images have seeped into contemporary culture, and yet he maintained that the real roots of his work were in Hungary. The first title completely dedicated to his early Hungarian prints, this book offers a unique window on the origins of genius. Selected from more than one thousand contact prints in the artist's estate, they are meticulously reproduced to actual size. A rare opportunity to witness the beginnings of a great artist" (Publisher's blurb). Almost all of the prints are just slightly bigger than postage stamps, harking back to a time when "scale" was measured not in terms of floor-to-ceiling size so prevalent today, but in terms of the artist's monumental vision. A gem of a book. An absolute "must-have" title for Andre Kertesz collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the Acknowledgments Page by Paul Berlanga. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. The Editor of the book, Berlanga is the Chicago-based painter, photography expert, and former Director of Stephen Daiter Gallery Chicago, which represents the Kertesz Estate. This title is now collectible. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy (by the editor) of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A scarce signed copy thus. 90 duotone plates. Andre Kertesz's "Day of Paris" was selected as one of the greatest photography books in "The Photobook". One of the greatest photographers of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ANDRE KERTESZ TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0393061604. Bookseller Inventory # 20262
André Kertész (1894-1985) was one of the most inventive, influential, and prolific photographers in the medium's history.His combination of Modernist vision and poetic wit defined a vocabulary that generations of photographers have continued to use. Kertész's iconic images of 1920s Paris, such as "Chez Mondrian" and "Satiric Dancer" and his later images from New York "Melancholic Tulip," "Washington Square" have seeped into contemporary culture, and yet Kertész maintained that the real roots of his work were in Hungary. This book, the first completely dedicated to Kertész's early Hungarian prints, offers a unique window on the origins of genius. Ninety images, selected from more than 1,000 contact prints in the artist's estate, are meticulously reproduced to actual size, revealing the explosive cultural context of early twentieth-century Hungary. A treasured addition to any photography library, André Kertész: The Early Years is a rare opportunity to witness the beginnings of a great artist. 90 duotone photographs
About the Author: André Kertész (1894-1985) was one of the most inventive, influential, and prolific photographers in the medium's history.
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