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Bing, Ilse (Photographer); Reynaud, Francoise (Contributor) & Barrett, Nancy (Historian/Scholar). ILSE BING: PARIS 1931-1952: THE MUSEE CARNAVALET EXHIBITION MONOGRAPH. Paris, France: Musee Carnavalet Paris, 1987. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 110 pages. Fine.

Landmark Exhibition Monograph. Retrospective collection of photographs. One of the most important and most beautiful books on the photographic art of Ilse Bing. The first and only edition. Published in a tiny first print run as a softcover original only. The First Edition is now rare. An austerely elegant production by Ilse Bing and Musee Carnavalet: Regular-size volume format. Pictorial softcovers with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Ilse Bing. Essay by Francoise Reynaud. Erratum Slip intact and laid-in. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in Paris, France to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Published on the occasion of the landmark retrospective exhibition of the same name held at the Musee Carnavalet Paris from 1987 through 1988. Presents "Ilse Bing: Paris 1931-1952". From the "Queen of The Leica", some of the most evocative and memorable photographs of the most photographed city in the world. While German-born Ilse Bing's "Self-Portrait With Leica" (1931) is now widely regarded as a highly influential landmark of 20th-century photography, these exquisite compositions, created during her years of exile in Paris, have not received nearly the attention they so richly deserve. This slim and elegant volume fixes that, and is cause for celebration: Bing's images of Paris are backed up by an exhaustive and authoritative reference and resource: Biography, Exhibition History, and Catalog, meticulously assembled by the great photography historian/scholar Nancy Barrett. It's not merely scholarly trappings, it's definitive proof that Ilse Bing belongs alongside Brassai, Man Ray, and Henri Cartier-Bresson in the pantheon of great 20th-century street photography, that is to say, THE greatest photography of our time. An absolute "must-have" title for Ilse Bing collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed and inscribed in black ink-pen on the half-title page by Ilse Bing. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. The recipients are named. As was her custom, she signed this copy in her unique style: Four short lines forming a "camera" box around her legible signature. This title is a modern photography classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed and inscribed copy of the First Edition/First Printing available online and despite its imperfection (slight wear and rubbing on softcovers) is still in especially fine condition: Every single internal page is clean, crisp, and bright. A rare signed copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with duotone plates. Oen of the greatest photographers of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. . ISBN 2901442811. $200.00

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