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Maxwell, Robert. ROBERT MAXWELL: PHOTOGRAPHS. Santa Fe, NM: Arena Editions, 2000. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 155 pages. Fine/Fine.

Debut collection of photographs. One of the finest photographic debuts of the new century. The first and only edition. A brilliant production by Robert Maxwell, James Crump, and Elsa Kendall: Oversize-volume format. Hard boards with titles on spine, as issued. Photographs and text by Robert Maxwell. In pictorial DJ, which features one of the photographer's female nudes, as issued. Presents the range and depth of Robert Maxwell's work as an art photographer. Maxwell is an extremely successful magazine, commercial, and fashion photographer who has clearly yearned to do something more serious and enduring. This collection of richly and evocatively toned black-and-white and color photographs represents his work in that mode thus far. It features male and female nudes, still life, and celebrity portraits with a classic look that is clean and immaculate on the surface but resonantly nostalgic and emotional in its impact. Utilizes the 19th-century glass wetplate technology known as the ambrotype, called the "black art" of photography because of the rich and dark tonalities it produces. His tribute to the first Golden Age of photography, this book received lavish praise from critics and collectors when it first appeared. A "must-have" title for Robert Maxwell collectors. This presentation copy is very prominently and beautifully signed and inscribed in black pen by the photographer: "Marcy, Felt easier calling myself a photographer after seeing you print my work. You're the Bomb. Robert". The recipient is obviously the photographer's printer and the dedication wittily refers to the Noel Coward song, "You're The Top!". This title has been out-of-print for a very long time and is now collectible. This is the only such signed and inscribed copy we have ever found, is available online, and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A rare, one-of-a-kind signed copy thus. 50 duotone, 40 color plates. One of the most brilliant living photographers. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER COPY OF THIS TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1892041324. $200.00

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