FROM MY WINDOW - Rare Fine Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing

Kertesz, Andre (Photographer) & MacGill, Peter (Contributor)

Published by Boston, MA: New York Graphic Society
ISBN 10: 0316294101 / ISBN 13: 9780316294102
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1st Printing. Unpaginated. Published in 1981. The photographer's debut collection of color work. One of the finest photography books of the 20th century. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the Softcover Edition. Published in a very small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. An austerely elegant production by Andre Kertesz and Katy Homans: Regular-sized volume format in square shape. Cloth boards with titles embossed on spine, as issued. Photographs by Andre Kertesz. Essay by Peter MacGill (of Pace/MacGill, the most prestigious American art gallery of our time). Printed on thick coated stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Andre Kertesz's "From My Window". Exquisite photographs in color. Produced using the Polaroid camera during the final period of his stupendous career, they show Andre Kertesz at the height of his powers up to the very end. At the age of 84, the photographer began to experiment with the Polaroid SX-70 camera, and produced his first and only work in color. Images include figures molded in glass, wood, and ceramic, which hark back to a more private and introspective world, magical in its intensity, musical in its cadence. "Taken in his apartment just north of New York City's Washington Square, many of these photographs were shot either from his window or in the windowsill. We see a fertile mind at work, combining personal objects into striking still lifes set against cityscape backgrounds, reflected and transformed in glass surfaces. These photographs are a testament to the genius of the photographer's eye as manifested in the simple Polaroid" (Robert Gurbo). From eighty prints in all (which were presented in 2007 in their entirety as "Andre Kertesz: The Polaroids"), Kertesz selected fifty that he considered the best for this gem of a book. The Polaroid company folded in 2008, making its self-developing film innovation a photographic memory that will be sorely missed. Polaroids by master photographers have increased exponentially in value, Andre Kertesz's Polaroids among them. An absolute "must-have" title for Andre Kertesz collectors. This title is a late-modern photography classic. This is one of very few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Most copies available online are price-clipped, sunned, and have other major flaws. A rare copy thus. 50 color 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 collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ANDRE KERTESZ TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0316294101. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: FROM MY WINDOW - Rare Fine Copy of The First...
Publisher: Boston, MA: New York Graphic Society

Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Fine
Edition: 1st Edition.

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Kertesz, Andre (Photographer) & MacGill, Peter (Contributor)
Published by Boston, MA: New York Graphic Society, 1981
ISBN 10: 0316294101 ISBN 13: 9780316294102
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Book Description Boston, MA: New York Graphic Society, 1981. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. 1st Printing. Unpaginated. Published in 1981. The photographer's debut collection of color work. One of the most beautiful art photography books of the 20th century. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the Softcover Edition. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now rare. An austerely elegant production by Andre Kertesz and Katy Homans: Regular-sized volume format. Cream linen cloth boards with titles embossed on spine, as issued. Photographs by Andre Kertesz. Essay by Peter MacGill. In custom-made, archival black box. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Andre Kertesz's "From My Window". His exquisite photographs in color. Produced using the Polaroid camera during the final period of his remarkable career, they show Andre Kertesz at the height of his powers until the very end. At the age of 84, the photographer began to experiment with the Polaroid SX-70 camera, and produced his first and only work in color. The resulting images include figures molded in glass, wood, and ceramic, which hark back to a more private and introspective time for Kertesz, magical in its intensity, musical in its cadence. "Taken in his apartment just north of New York City's Washington Square, many of these photographs were shot either from his window or in the windowsill. We see a fertile mind at work, combining personal objects into striking still lifes set against cityscape backgrounds, reflected and transformed in glass surfaces. These photographs are a testament to the genius of the photographer's eye as manifested in the simple Polaroid" (Robert Gurbo). From eighty prints in all, Kertesz selected fifty that he considered the best for this gem of a book. The Polaroid Company folded in 2008, making its self-developing film innovation a photographic memory that will be sorely missed. Polaroids by master photographers have increased exponentially in value, Kertesz's Polaroids among them. The interest in them has remained strong: These images were re-presented in an accessible format as "Andre Kertesz: The Polaroids" (2007). But the production values of this pioneering volume will remain unsurpassed. An absolute "must-have" title for Andre Kertesz collectors. This title is a late-modern photography classic. This is one of very few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online, is enclosed in a custom-made, archival black box, and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: ALL other copies available online have very visible fading on the spine, a publisher's flaw that is endemic to the DJ (it is NOT "sunning"/caused by exposure to sunlight even though that's what it looks like). Many copies also have a spine lean, are price-clipped, and have other serious flaws. This is, by far, the best copy we have ever seen. As such, it is an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare copy thus. 50 color 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 collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ANDRE KERTESZ TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0316294101. no. Bookseller Inventory # 20467

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