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Daiter, Stephen (Editor/Publisher); Breitenbach, Josef (Photographer) & Berlanga, Paul (Contributor). JOSEF BREITENBACH: MUNICH, PARIS, NEW YORK. Chicago, IL: Stephen Daiter Gallery, 2003. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 32 pages. As New/As New.

Exhibition catalog. The first and only edition. Published in a very small and limited print run as a softcover original only. There is no ISBN. A brilliant production by David Williams: Regular-sized volume format. Plain softcovers, as issued. Photographs by Josef Breitenbach. Essay by Paul Berlanga. Biography, Bibliography, and Selected Exhibitions appended at the end. Printed on thick coated stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. In integral pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine and very large flaps, as issued. Published on the occasion of the landmark exhibition of the same name held at the Stephen Daiter Gallery Chicago from September 5 through November 1, 2003. Presents a delectable sampling of the great photographer's work. Breitenbach lived a peripatetic life. Born in Germany, he was educated in Munich and began his career there. The rise of the Nazis forced him, a Jew, to flee to Paris, where he eked out a living taking studio portraits. His portraits of such figures as James Joyce, Max Ernst, and Bertolt Brecht were taken during this brief, tumultuous period. With the ascension of the Vichy Government, Breitenbach had to flee again, this time just barely making it to the United States, where he spent the rest of his life. Josef Breitenbach was the classic Modernist case: A tough-minded, serious, soulful artist whose work was ahead of its time even as he absorbed whatever he found useful among the Movements swirling around him. He is now considered a major forerunner of Andy Warhol in his application of color to black-and-white photographs through toning and bromoil transfer. His Bauhaus-inspired work, especially the photograms (such as "Bird, New York, 1948") are masterpieces that have all the color, warmth, and detail of a painting combined with the clarity, precision, and fluidity of a photograph. Every picture in this exhibition catalog is museum-quality, and it is nothing less than a blessing that they have been discovered at last for what they are: The work of a great artist, not just a great photographer. A "must-have" title for Josef Breitenbach and photography book collectors. This title was not commercially sold, is now difficult to find, and collectible. This is one of very few copies still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A very scarce copy thus. 28 plates. One of the greatest artist/photographers of the 20th century. A flawless copy. . $30.00

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