Daiter, Stephen (Editor/Publisher); Bunnell, Peter C. (Contributor); Brassai; Levitt, Helen & Others. HELEN GEE AND THE LIMELIGHT: THE BIRTH OF THE PHOTOGRAPHY GALLERY. Chicago, IL: Stephen Daiter Gallery, 2001. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 68 pages. As New.

Landmark Exhibition Catalog. The first and only edition. Published in a tiny print run as a softcover original only. There is no ISBN. The catalog is now rare. An austerely elegant production by The Stephen Daiter Gallery: Regular-sized volume format. Pictorial softcovers with titles on the cover, as issued. Photographs by various contributors, a Who's Who of 20th-century photography. Essay by Peter C. Bunnell. Printed on thick coated stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Published on the occasion of the exhibition of the same name held at The Stephen Daiter Gallery Chicago in 2001. Presents "Helen Gee And The Limelight: The Birth of The Photography Gallery". A valentine to a trailblazer and her pioneering, influential photography gallery. "Memories exist whole in the mind. To put them down in words demands sequence, a sense of time and space, of then and now. This is not the place to reconstruct the sequence of how photography has become a chic phenomenon. But let me use this moment to reminisce a bit about one bright moment in the 1950's when photography was accorded a simple sense of place and value. Limelight, which Helen Gee opened in 1954 on Sheridan Square at 91 Seventh Avenue South in the Village, was one of the very few places in New York where you could see photographs intelligently selected and exhibited. The only other notable place was the Museum of Modern Art. At Limelight, there was an atmosphere of relaxed intimacy and of seeing pictures beautifully. I was no resident of Sheridan Square, or indeed of New York, only a visitor from out of town, but like many others I was a devoted frequenter of each place, and that was what counted" (Peter C. Bunnell). And no wonder: Some of the greatest photographs by some of the greatest photographers were first shown by Helen Gee at Limelight: Berenice Abbott, Edouard Boubat, Brassai, Josef Breitenbach, Wynn Bullock, Julia Margaret Cameron, Robert Doisneau, Robert Frank, Helen Levitt, Lisette Model, Arnold Newman, Aaron Siskind, Louis Stettner, and Minor White, among many others. They are represented in this gem of a catalog (although it should be noted that Frank's photographs have been papered over/covered because he threatened to sue). An absolute "must-have" title for photography book collectors. This Exhibition Catalog was not commercially sold to the public and is now collectible. This is one of very few copies still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: The images by Robert Frank have been manually papered over/covered on every copy because the notoriously difficult photographer refused to have his photographs reproduced and threatened to sue. Almost all other copies available online have serious flaws. A rare copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with black-and-white plates and archival materials. Some of the greatest photographers of the 20th century. A fine copy. . ISBN B0006S7IF6. $50.00

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