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Helmer-Petersen, Keld (Photographer); Badger, Gerry; Parr, Martin & Thrane, Finn (Contributors). KELD HELMER-PETERSEN: PHOTOGRAPHS 1941-1995. Copenhagen, Denmark: Christian Ejlers Publishers, 2007. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 290 pages. As New/As New.

Retrospective collection of photographs. One of the greatest photography books of the new century. Limited Edition of 50 numbered and signed copies. Should not be confused with the regular trade edition. A magnificent production by Keld Helmer-Petersen, Christian Eljers, and Jonathan Stephenson: Oversize-volume format. Pale gray hard boards with black titles printed on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Keld Helmer-Petersen. Essays by Gerry Badger and Finn Thrane, the best introduction to and summation of the pioneering and lasting achievement of Helmer-Petersen. Interview conducted by Martin Parr. Original color print laid-in. Handmade matching cloth clamshell box. Printed on thick coated stock paper in Copenhagen, Denmark to the very highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents in one definitive volume the life-work of Keld Helmer-Petersen. Pioneering in his time, they remain alive, vivid, and crucial today. The production values of this edition are worthy of its subject: Admiring, scrupulous, meticulous, and loving. "In the history of photography, color became an artistically viable medium around the early 1970's, with the emergence of such photographers as Stephen Shore and William Eggleston. However, in 1948, the Danish photographer Keld Helmer-Petersen published a book of color photographs that prefigured their work by two decades. His aim was to make the kinds of pictures that could only work in color and not in black-and-white. This is not as easy as it sounds for it requires both paying attention to the issue of color and preventing it from becoming the dominant concern" (Gerry Badger). Since color has been the dominant concern of major painters throughout history (Matisse and Warhol come to mind among modern artists), the moralistic concern that it could overwhelm an image is precisely what has prevented it from becoming acceptable in photography. It is also the reason Keld Helmer-Petersen is a truly remarkable figure. The images in this book are, quite simply, beautiful. An elegance, rigor, and austerity underlie all of Helmer-Petersen's work. We label these qualities as "Scandinavian" or "Nordic", which is not false but is facile. Although his work has been championed by Martin Parr, our most committed colorist, Keld Helmer-Petersen remains an enigmatic figure. He spent some time in the United States, teaching at Chicago's Institute of Design, the foremost exponent of Bauhaus aesthetics in America. As such, he is identified with Aaron Siskind, Harry Callahan, and Yasuhiro Ishimoto, among others. What sets his work apart from his great peers is his innate sense of color. There are photographers (such as Daido Moriyama) and film artists (such as Robert Bresson) whose work in color has the look and feel, the honesty and purity of black-and-white. Keld Helmer-Petersen is the exact opposite: His black-and-white work vibrates and makes you think of color, movement, and life itself. A "must-have" title for photography collectors. This copy is one of the Limited Edition, indicated as such on the Front Limitation Page, and is very prominently and beautifully numbered and signed in black fountain pen on the front free endpaper by Keld Helmer-Petersen. It comes with an archival original color print that is matted and framed in sturdy, pristine-white boards, also very prominently and beautifully titled, dated, and signed in black fountain pen on verso by the photographer: "Keld Helmer-Petersen Madrid 1983/2007". This edition is an instant classic. This is the only copy available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. Keld Helmer-Petersen's "122 Color Photographs" was selected as one of the greatest photography books in "The Photobook". The greatest living Danish photographer. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER KELD HELMER-PETERSEN TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 8772412828. $1200.00

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