Miller, Wayne (Photographer) & Steichen, Edward (Contribution). THE WORLD IS YOUNG: PHOTOGRAPHS BY WAYNE MILLER. New York City, NY: Ridge Press Book, 1958. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 188 pages. Fine.

Retrospective collection of black-and-white photographs. One of the most important and most beautiful photography books on its subject ever published. The First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a regular first print run as a softcover original only that sold out upon publication. A bestseller and an instant classic, the book was reissued in multiple subsequent printings. There is no ISBN. The First Edition is now rare. A brilliant production by Wayne Miller and Ridge Press Book: Oversize-volume format. Pictorial softcovers with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs and text by Wayne Miller. Blurb by Edward Steichen. Printed in gravure on thick coated stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Wayne Miller's "The World Is Young". One of the most beautiful photography books on childhood ever published. "The most ambitious photographic exploration of childhood ever undertaken. Here, in 300 pictures, is childhood. It is not a family album. It is not the nostalgia of a fuzzed-up adult memory. It is these children, and each child, and all children, any place. It is a unique and honest observation of the splendid process of becoming an individual human being. For anyone who has ever been a child" (Publisher's blurb). Now regarded as one of the finest American photographers, Wayne Miller was the Principal Assistant of Edward Steichen on "The Family of Man" (1955), one of the most important and most influential photographic exhibitions ever held. His book encapsulates childhood from babyhood to pre-adolescence. One of its most arresting elements is the way Miller charts being a child through schooling: Kindergarten followed by Grade One through Grade Six. Sometime after that, every child is on the cusp of his or her very first "threshold" experience: The end of childhood and the beginning of adulthood. As these radiant images show, awareness of their dramatically changing bodies and the "opposite sex" (that is, awareness of sex) is already burgeoning at Grades Five and Six. "A beautiful exploration of childhood. A new landmark in photography" (Edward Steichen). An absolute "must-have" title for Wayne Miller collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Wayne Miller. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a great photography book. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the First Edition/First Printing available online and despite its imperfection (slight wear and creasing on softcovers and page edges) is still in especially fine condition: Every internal page is clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Please note: Copies available online command as much as $250. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. 300 gravure plates. One of the finest American photographers of the 20th century. A fine copy. . $100.00

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