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Ronis, Willy (Photographer) & Hamilton, Peter (Editor/Contributor). WILLY RONIS: PHOTOGRAPHS 1926-1995. Oxford, England: Museum Of Modern Art, 1995. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 128 pages. Fine.

Retrospective Exhibition Monograph. One of the most important books on the artist/photographer ever published. The First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a tiny first print run as a softcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. An austerely elegant production by The Museum of Modern Art Oxford: Regular-sized volume format. Pictorial softcovers with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Willy Ronis. Edited, curated, with a meticulously-researched Essay by Peter Hamilton. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Published on the occasion of the landmark retrospective exhibition of the same name held at the Museum of Modern Art Oxford in 1995. Presents "Willy Ronis: Photographs 1926-1995". A gem of a book. "Produced in close cooperation with Willy Ronis and featuring images from his archives, traces the career of one of France's most remarkable photographers to whom, along with Doisneau, Cartier-Bresson, and Brassai, we owe our Romantic vision of France. In Ronis' photographs of Paris, the city is inseparable from the working-class men, women, and children who inhabit its streets and cafes. He once described his approach to photography in five words: 'Patience, thinking, chance, form, and time'. Working with available light, Ronis sought to capture the fleeting moments of everyday life. His body of work documents, with timeless beauty and grace, the feel of French life in the 20th century" (Peter Hamilton). The best photographs in this accessible and elegant classic are among the most beautiful photographs in the history of photography ever. An absolute "must-have" title for Willy Ronis collectors. This copy of the Retrospective Exhibition Monograph comes with a full-page handwritten letter (on his personal letterhead) that is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen by its editor/curator/essayist, Peter Hamilton. This title is a late-modern photography classic. As far as we know, this is the only such copy of the First Edition/First Printing with signed letter available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: The book was issued in a tiny print run only. Most of the very few copies available online have serious flaws yet are priced as though they had collectible value. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with photographic plates. One of the greatest photographers of the 20th century. A fine copy. . ISBN B001ABI7I0. $50.00

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