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Diepraam, Willem (Photographer); Wanaverbeck, Annie-Laure; Van Esterik, Chris (Contributors). WILLEM DIEPRAAM. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Focus Publishing Inc. , 2001. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 208 pages. As New/As New. Signed.

Retrospective collection of photographs. One of the finest photography books of the new century. Limited Edition of 2500 copies. A handsome production by Focus Publishing: Oversize-volume format. A tall and thick book. Handsome black linen cloth boards with titles embossed on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Willem Diepraam. Essays by Anne-Laurie Wanaverbeck and Chris Van Esterik, which provide an excellent perspective and critical assessment of the photographer's oeuvre. Printed on thick coated stock paper in Amsterdam, The Netherlands to the very highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents some of the photographer's finest and most representative images in one sumptuous volume. A peripatetic photographer, Willem Diepraam began his career as a journalist for the Dutch newsweekly, Vrij Nederland. He has also been an avid collector of photographs, publicist, curator of exhibitions, and organizer of exhibitions of his own work. The latter demonstrates a deep and genuine empathy for the plight of the world's underpriveleged as well as an impeccable eye for form and composition. A committed moralist and an incurable aesthete at the same time (there is no contradiction as far as he is concerned), Willem Diepraam has long been an established name in European journalism and art photography circles but remains virtually unknown in the United States. Knowledge of his brilliant work is long overdue here and this book is the best introduction there is. A "must-have" title for Willem Diepraam collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed, placed, and dated in black marker on the half-title page by the photographer: "Willem Diepraam Chicago Jan. 19, 2002". His serpentine signature has a long, delicate tail that beautifully extends to the lower portion of the page. This title has been out-of-print for a long time. This is the only copy available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A rare, one-of-a-kind signed copy thus. 150 duotone and color plates. One of the finest living photographers. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER WILLEM DIEPRAAM TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 9072216857. $250.00

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