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Kertesz, Andre (Photographer) & MacGill, Peter (Contributor). FROM MY WINDOW: PHOTOGRAPHS BY ANDRE KERTESZ. Boston, MA: New York Graphic Society, 1981. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. Unpaginated. Fine/Fine.

The photographer's debut collection of color work. One of the most beautiful art photography books of the 20th century. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the Softcover Edition. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now rare. An austerely elegant production by Andre Kertesz and Katy Homans: Regular-sized volume format. Cream linen cloth boards with titles embossed on spine, as issued. Photographs by Andre Kertesz. Essay by Peter MacGill. 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 Andre Kertesz's "From My Window". His exquisite photographs in color. Produced using the Polaroid camera during the final period of his remarkable career, they show Andre Kertesz at the height of his powers until the very end. At the age of 84, the photographer began to experiment with the Polaroid SX-70 camera, and produced his first and only work in color. The resulting images include figures molded in glass, wood, and ceramic, which hark back to a more private and introspective time for Kertesz, magical in its intensity, musical in its cadence. "Taken in his apartment just north of New York City's Washington Square, many of these photographs were shot either from his window or in the windowsill. We see a fertile mind at work, combining personal objects into striking still lifes set against cityscape backgrounds, reflected and transformed in glass surfaces. These photographs are a testament to the genius of the photographer's eye as manifested in the simple Polaroid" (Robert Gurbo). From eighty prints in all, Kertesz selected fifty that he considered the best for this gem of a book. The Polaroid Company folded in 2008, making its self-developing film innovation a photographic memory that will be sorely missed. Polaroids by master photographers have increased exponentially in value, Kertesz's Polaroids among them. The interest in them has remained strong: These images were re-presented in an accessible format as "Andre Kertesz: The Polaroids" (2007). But the production values of this pioneering volume will remain unsurpassed. An absolute "must-have" title for Andre Kertesz collectors. This title is a late-modern photography classic. This is one of very few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: ALL other copies available online have very significant fading on the spine, a publisher's flaw that is endemic to the DJ (it is NOT "sunning" even though that's what it looks like). Many copies also have a spine lean, are price-clipped, and have other major flaws. This is, by far, the best copy we have ever seen. As such, it is an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare copy thus. 50 color plates. Andre Kertesz's "Day of Paris" was selected as one of the greatest photography books in "The Photobook". One of the greatest photographers of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ANDRE KERTESZ TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0316294101. $300.00

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