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Brandt, Bill (Photographer) & Haworth-Booth, Mark (Contributor). BILL BRANDT: LONDON IN THE THIRTIES. New York City, NY: Pantheon, 1984. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 96 pages. Fine/Fine.

Retrospective collection of photographs. Now considered a modern photography book classic. The first appearance of the title in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. The First Edition is now very scarce. An austerely elegant production by Louise Fili: Oversize-volume format in square shape. Black cloth boards with metallic-silver titles embossed on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Bill Brandt. Essay by Mark Haworth-Booth. Printed on pristine-white thick coated stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Bill Brandt's now-classic photographs. First published in magazines, they were collected for publication in book form by the photographer, who died just before the book was published. The three sections present London life as experienced by The Poor, The Middle Class, and The Toffs (a "mildly derogatory term for someone with an aristocratic background or belonging to the landed gentry, particularly someone who exudes an air of superiority"). Bill Brandt (1904-1983) was one of the medium's most influential and protean image-makers, a man whose work ranged from starkly realistic images of industrial workers to surreal studies of the human body. His career epitomizes the history of modern photography itself: A stint as an assistant to Man Ray; early photojournalism, which shows the influence that Brandt and Brassai had on one another; dark portraits of England's industrial North; haunting images of London during the Blitz; evocative series of English landscapes; and abstract nudes. A "must-have" title for Bill Brandt collectors. This title is now highly collectible. This is one of very few copies of the First American Edition still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Most copies available online have major flaws or are remainder-marked yet are priced as though they had collectible value. A rare copy thus. 96 plates. One of the greatest photographers of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER BILL BRANDT TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0394535650. $150.00

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