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Albert Arthur Allen: Premiere Nudes

Allen, Albert Arthur

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ISBN 10: 0944092888 / ISBN 13: 9780944092880
Published by Twin Palms Publishers, 2001
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Black cloth; dust jacket; 4to; unpaginated (approx. pp. 250), with b/w photo-illustrations throughout (nude ladies). Boards very lightly rubbed along the edges; binding just a bit cocked. In fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # D11919

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Title: Albert Arthur Allen: Premiere Nudes

Publisher: Twin Palms Publishers

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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First edition bound in black cloth. Bellyband Title strip, ribbon marker, 100's of black & white photos. A Fine copy in a Fine DJ. Belly band is wrinkled.


During the 1920s. a time when the United States was, from all appearances, open to artistic experimentation, a Bay Area photographer named Albert Arthur Allen unwittingly took on the Goliath of nudity and politics. An obscure figure who operated outside the margins of the fine art community, Allen was known to a small coterie of clients who bought boudoir studies, pictures of comely young voluptuaries. (In Europe these photographic etudes were an acknowledged integral part of the academic tradition.) A homespun aesthetician who had a marked propensity for self-invention, Allen produced photographic protfolios that were initially inspired by the naturist movement. Today his images, which are typically perceived as high camp, are more familiar than his name.

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