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Mili, Gjon (Photographer) ; Balterman, Lee (Recipient); Cartier-Bresson, Henri & Other Contributors. GJON MILI: PHOTOGRAPHS & RECOLLECTIONS. Boston, MA: New York Graphic Society, 1980. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 250 pages. Fine/Fine.

Retrospective collection of photographs with running commentary. One of the most valuable photography books of the 20th century. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now rare. An austerely elegant production by Carl Zahn: Oversize-volume format. Black cloth boards with titles embossed on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs and text by Gjon Mili. The portrait of Mili at the back was taken by Henri Cartier-Bresson. Printed on archival stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents, in one elegant volume, the enduring achievement of Gjon Mili. "Known as the master of the 'calculated accident', Gjon Mili was born in an Albanian village, spent his youth in Bucharest, and at the urging of his uncle, moved to America at the age of 18. He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a degree in electrical engineering and went on to become a lighting research engineer. It is safe to say that Gjon Mili revolutionized photo-journalism, influencing two generations of photographic artists, thanks largely to his innovative experiments. Mili was the first professional photographer to use the strobe light. In 1937, Mili's career as a professional photographer began when his 'stop-motion' photos were published in Life Magazine. Assignments took Mili all over the world: To the Riviera to photograph Picasso; to France for Pablo Casals in exile; to Israel for Eichmann in captivity. He travelled to Florence, Athens, Dublin, Berlin, Venice, Rome, and Hollywood. Ironically, Mili's towering achievement is more wedded to fashion and advertising photography that to photo-journalism. Models now march incessantly to the pit-and-pat of popping strobes yet the first notes of this 'music' were played in his studio over 40 years ago" (Publisher's blurb) . His book is a feast, not just for the eyes but for all the senses. Gjon Mili tells stories as a born raconteur. His reminisences of artists, jazz and classical musicians, theater, ballet/dance, film, and sports figures as well as the seminal events of the 20th century that he covered indefatigably make his book a guided tour of a great century, flaws and all. An absolute "must-have" title for Gjon Mili collectors. This copy is special: It is very prominently and beautifully signed, dated (in the year of publication) , and inscribed in black fountain pen on the title page by the photographer: "To Lee Balterman From Gjon Mili 12.15.80". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. A legendary Chicago photographer, Lee Balterman took some of the most beautiful documentary photographs of the city for posterity. This title is a great photography book. This is the only such association copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and after all these years, is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. 200 plates. One of the greatest photographers of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO LEE BALTERMAN TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0821211161. $250.00

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