Frank, Robert (Photographer) & Brookman, Philip (Contributor). ROBERT FRANK: LONDON/WALES. Zurich, Switzerland: Scalo Publishers, 2003. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 208 pages. Fine/Fine.

Retrospective collection of photographs. One of Robert Frank's greatest achievements. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the Steidl Project Reissued Edition. Published in a very small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now very scarce. A brilliant production by Wyndham Boulter Zurich: Regular-sized volume format. Black cloth boards with gray titles printed on spine, as issued. Photographs by Robert Frank. Essay by Philip Brookman. Printed on thick coated stock paper in Germany to the highest standards. In publisher's original shrinkwrap. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Published on the occasion of the landmark exhibition of the same name held at the Corcoran Gallery of Art Washington, DC in 2003. Presents some of Robert Frank's finest and most beautiful images ever. "In 1951 and early 1952, Frank visited London and set out to photograph the unique atmosphere of the city. He followed British financiers around the City, capturing them in their traditional top hats and long coats, creating images that depict them in a poetic dance with their fog-shrouded environment. In 1953, before the impending nationalization of the country's coal mines, Frank then travelled to the town of Careau, Wales, to photograph the coal miners whose lives revolved around their work. He shot pictures of workers, men delivering coal, children playing on the streets, people waiting or relaxing in the parks, and images of poverty. In these photographs, he juxtaposed money and work, wealth and poverty, creating a dynamic photographic project that has never been shown before in its entirety. Frank downplayed the Modernist Movement in favor of a more provocative form that offered informal, revealing glances rather than an official document. The volume explores a stylistic transformation in his work, a period of development which saw his mode of photography move from an innovative Romanticism to a highly charged, metaphorical Realism. These two consecutive projects set the stage for his groundbreaking 'The Americans' " (Philip Brookman). Even by Robert Frank's standards, these images are stunning, prompting the great American novelist (and soon-to-be collaborator) Jack Kerouac to say, "You got eyes". An absolute "must-have" title for Robert Frank collectors. This title is a great photography book. This is one of very few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online, is still in the publisher's original shrinkwrap, and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A very scarce copy thus. 90 tritone plates. Three of Robert Frank's books were selected as among the greatest photography books in "The Photobook". One of the greatest living photographers. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ROBERT FRANK TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 3908247675. $200.00

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