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Horst, Horst (Photographer); Lawford, Valentine (Author) & Buonfiglio, Anthony (Recipient). HORST: HIS WORK AND HIS WORLD. New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1984. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 400 pages. Fine/Fine.

Massive Biography-Cum-Monograph. The single most important book on the photographic art of Horst. 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 scarce. An austerely elegant production by Horst and Susan Eisenman: Oversize-volume format. Gray cloth boards with metallic-silver titles embossed on spine, as issued. Photographs by Horst. Text by Valentine Lawford. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents "Horst: His Work And His World". Which are, in his case, inseparable and mutually beneficial. Here are the photographer's finest and most representative work over a lifetime of indefatigable work, immense success, and international fame, as told by his close friend, the eminent writer Valentine Lawford. The most brilliant disciple of Hoyningen-Huene, himself the single most important and influential lifestyle and fashion photographer of the 20th century, Horst quickly became world-famous as the man who created, refined, and perfected the Vogue Look. Horst was a restless photographer who tried his hand at everything: Fashion, still life, male and female nudes, portrait, travel, lifestyle, even landscape and architecture. Among the portraits he took, the list is staggering, and owes in part to the fact that he was himself a very handsome man of the world: Coco Chanel, Lisa Fonssagrives, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Ginger Rogers, Luchino Visconti, Barbara Hutton, Noel Coward, Henri Cartier-Bresson (a rare and lovely portrait of the reclusive photographer), Salvador Dali, Gertrude Stein, Jose Clemente Orozco, Jean Cocteau, Jean Marais, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Princess Lee Radziwill (a stunning duo portrait of the legendary sisters), Paloma Picasso, Brooke Shields, Robert Wilson, Truman Capote, Tom Wolfe, Duran Duran, Bianca Jagger, Andy Warhol, Diana Vreeland, Bruce Weber, Karl Lagerfeld, Calvin Klein, and Yves Saint Laurent, among others: A remarkable confluence of the leading figures in the arts, literature, fashion, photography, high society, and celebrity culture. Horst had few rivals among great photographers of the nude, and he is believed to have taken the only full-frontal nude of Steve McQueen, the Hollywood sex symbol/star, that the latter (and now his estate) have never allowed to be published. An absolute "must-have" title for Horst collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed, dated, and inscribed in black ink-pen on the half-title page by the photographer and author: "For Anthony Buonfiglio, Horst Valentine Lawford 1988". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. The recipient is an accomplished photographer in his own right. Horst and Lawford signed an unspecified number of presentation copies (such as this) to recipients they knew personally. This title is a great photography book. This is one of very few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and despite its imperfection (price-clipped and wear on DJ) is still in fine condition: Every single internal page is clean, crisp, and bright. The boards are sharp, no bumping at all. It is priced accordingly. Please note: Copies available online command as much as $550. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. 229 plates. One of the greatest photographers of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. . ISBN 0394521714. $250.00

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