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ROBERT FRANK: LONDON/WALES - Scarce Pristine/Shrinkwrapped Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing

Frank, Robert (Photographer) & Brookman, Philip (Contributor)

Published by Zurich, Switzerland: Scalo Publishers, 2003
ISBN 10: 3908247675 / ISBN 13: 9783908247678
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Title: ROBERT FRANK: LONDON/WALES - Scarce Pristine...

Publisher: Zurich, Switzerland: Scalo Publishers, 2003

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: no

Edition: 1st Edition.

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1st Printing. 208 pages. Published in 2003. Retrospective collection of photographs. One of Robert Frank's greatest achievements. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the Steidl Project Reissued Edition. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. A brilliant production by Wyndham Boulter Zurich: Regular-sized volume format. Black cloth boards with gray titles printed on spine, as issued. Photographs by Robert Frank. Essay by Philip Brookman. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in Germany to the highest standards. In publisher's original shrinkwrap. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Published on the occasion of the landmark exhibition of the same name held at the Corcoran Gallery of Art Washington, DC in 2003. Presents "London/Wales", some of Robert Frank's finest and most beautiful images ever. "In 1951 and early 1952, Frank visited London and set out to photograph the unique atmosphere of the city. He followed British financiers around the City, capturing them in their traditional top hats and long coats, creating images that depict them in a poetic dance with their fog-shrouded environment. In 1953, before the impending nationalization of the country's coal mines, Frank then travelled to the town of Careau, Wales, to photograph the coal miners whose lives revolved around their work. He shot pictures of workers, men delivering coal, children playing on the streets, people waiting or relaxing in the parks, and images of poverty. In these photographs, he juxtaposed money and work, wealth and poverty, creating a dynamic photographic project that has never been shown before in its entirety. Frank downplayed the Modernist Movement in favor of a more provocative form that offered informal, revealing glances rather than an official document. The volume explores a stylistic transformation in his work, a period of development which saw his mode of photography move from an innovative Romanticism to a highly charged, metaphorical Realism. These two consecutive projects set the stage for his groundbreaking 'The Americans' " (Philip Brookman). Even by Robert Frank's standards, these images are stunning, prompting the great American novelist (and soon-to-be collaborator) Jack Kerouac to say, "You got eyes". An absolute "must-have" title for Robert Frank collectors. This title is a great photography book. This is one of very few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online, is still in the publisher's original shrinkwrap, and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A scarce copy thus. 90 tritone plates. Three of Robert Frank's books were selected as among the greatest photography books in "The Photobook". One of the greatest photographers of our time. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ROBERT FRANK TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 3908247675. Bookseller Inventory # 18617

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Synopsis: Between 1949 and 1953, Robert Frank continually returned to Europe from his new home in New York to take photographs in France, Switzerland, Spain, and Great Britain, photographs that show the development of his uniquely humanist, poetic, and realist eye. In 1951 and early 1952, Frank visited London--"I liked the light, I liked the fog."--and set out to photograph the unique atmosphere of the city. He followed British financiers around the City, capturing them in their traditional top hats and long coats, creating images that depict them in a poetic dance with their fog-shrouded environment. He shot pictures of workers, men delivering coal, children playing on the streets, people waiting or relaxing in the parks, and images of poverty. In these photographs he juxtaposed money and work, wealth and poverty, creating a dynamic photographic project that has never been shown before in its entirety. Then, in March 1953, before the impending nationalization of the country's coal mines, Frank travelled to the town of Careau, in Wales, to photograph the coal miners whose lives revolved around their work. One miner, Ben James, and his family became the subject of a picture essay (originally published in a 1955 issue of U.S. Camera) in which Frank downplayed the classic modernist photographic moment in favor of a more provocative form that offered informal, revealing glances rather than an official document.
In Robert Frank: London/Wales, Frank returns for the first time to these old negatives. The volume explores a stylistic transformation in his work, a period of development which saw his mode of photography move from an innovative romanticism to a highly charged, metaphorical realism. These two consecutive projects, realized in London and Wales between 1951 and 1953, set the stage for his truly groundbreaking documentary, The Americans, completed just a few years later.
You got eyes. -- Jack Kerouac writing about photographer Robert Frank

Introduction by Philip Brookman.

Hardcover, 9 x 11 in., 208 pages, 90 Tritones illustrations

About the Author: Robert Frank was born in Zurich in 1924 to parents of Jewish descent. He immigrated to the United States two years after World War II ended, and since then, he has produced work that changed the history of art and photography. Ground-breaking projects include The Americans, Lines of My Hand, Thank you, Black White and Things, Pull My Daisy, and Cocksucker Blues. Frank was the subject of a major traveling exhibition organized by the National Gallery of Art in 1994. He divides his time between New York City and Nova Scotia.

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