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Skrebneski, Victor (Artist/Photographer); Zachary, Frank & Jones, Anthony (Contributors). SKREBNESKI: BLACK WHITE & COLOR ("SKREBNESKI: BLACK WHITE AND COLOR") . Boston, MA: Bulfinch Press, 1989. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 225 pages. Fine/Fine. Signed.

Retrospective collection of photographs presented as an Artist Book. One of Skrebneski's finest achievements. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. A brilliant production by Skrebneski: Oversize-volume format. Glossy pictorial hard boards, which brilliantly reproduce the negatives of the photographs shown on the DJ front and back covers, as issued. Photographs by Skrebneski. Text by Frank Zachary, the legendary Editor-in-Chief of Town and Country Magazine, and Skrebneski scholar Anthony Jones of The Art Institute of Chicago. Printed on thick coated stock paper in Italy to the very highest standards. In pictorial DJ, which beautifully reproduces the actual photographs whose negatives are shown on the front and back boards, and red titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Victor Skrebneski's definitive artistic statement in mid-career (and after an unbroken string of immensely successful exhibitions in Europe and the United States). The collection runs the whole gamut of Skrebneski's oeuvre and achievement spanning four decades (1950-1989). His finest and most representative images are sumptuously reproduced and brilliantly sequenced as a visual symphony (Prologue; First Movement; Second Movement; Third Movement; Fourth Movement; and Coda) : Homage-images of Europe and her artistic legacy, iconic Hollywood celebrity portraits, ground-breaking global fashion photographs, provocative experimental compositions in the overtly Surrealist and Modernist veins, palpably erotic male and female nudes, and previously unseen portraits from his personal collection. Skrebneski's photographs of Paris are deliberately blurred and emit not just light but radiance. They are deeply evocative, nostalgic, and resonant (he trained, studied, and worked in the great city before moving to the United States), suggesting the evanescence of memory and desire. The male and female nudes (the collection ends with a long sequence of austere male nudes) are dramatically lit and sculptural (rather than painterly), an approach to the nude that has influenced a whole generation of photographers. The point of the title is quite simple: Unlike most photographers (and this is a particularly fascinating fact about photography in general), Skrebneski was equally a Master of black-and-white and color. At his very best, Skrebneski is ranked with Richard Avedon and Irving Penn as a fashion, lifestyle, and portrait photographer. As a male and female nude photographer, he is firmly grounded in the great tradition of Horst and George Platt Lynes. The late great fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy paid Skrebneski the ultimate tribute anyone could hope for when he called the latter "an artist, not just a photographer". One of Skrebneski's most beautiful books, this is inexhaustible; you will go back again and again to it because it will give you endless pleasure. A "must-have" title for Skrebneski collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in black marker on the very last page by Skrebneski. The artist/photographer usually signs on the back of his books as a trademark. He used a black marker (instead of his signature metallic-silver sharpie) because unlike the preceding pages, the last page is in very thick and uncoated stock paper. This title has been out-of-print for twenty years and is now highly collectible. This is the only such signed copy available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A rare signed copy thus. 67 duotone, 42 color plates. One of the finest living artist/photographers. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER VICTOR SKREBNESKI TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0821217488. $700.00

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