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Engel, Morris (Artist/Filmmaker/Photographer) & Van Haaften, Julia (Contributor). MORRIS ENGEL: EARLY WORK. New York City, NY: Ruth Orkin Photo Archive, 1999. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 46 pages. Fine.

Exhibition Catalog. The first and only retrospective on the photographic art of Morris Engel published in his lifetime. The first and only edition. Published in a tiny print run as a softcover original only. There is no ISBN. The Catalog is now rare. A brilliant production by Morris Engel: Regular-sized volume format. Pictorial softcovers with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Essay by Julia Van Haaften. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents "Morris Engel: Early Work". O' Pioneer: Some of the finest and most representative work of the great artist/filmmaker/photographer, who established an enviable international reputation as a documentary "street photographer" and as a filmmaker, a rare feat indeed. The photographs speak for themselves: They are the work of a humanist, worthy of comparison with the best of his contemporaries. Like the other great photographers who made so-called "street photography" the most important genre of the medium, Morris Engel's snapshots of life on the streets have endured and outlasted all hyped-up, media-culture fads. Morris Engel was a prominent member of The Photo League, and was Navy photographer during the Second World War, assigned to Combat Photo Unit 8 under Captain Edward Steichen. He was embraced by the founding members of the Nouvelle Vague (the French New Wave) as their "forefather" on the basis of his gem of a film, "Little Fugitive", which Francois Truffaut in particular hailed as a masterpiece. An absolute "must-have" title for Morris Engel collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed, dated, and inscribed in black ink-pen on the title page by the artist/photographer: "2/9/2000, with admiration, Morris Engel". The recipient is named, a Chicago-based painter and photography expert who was personally close, not just known, to Engel. This title is a classic. This is one of very few such signed and inscribed copies of the Exhibition Catalog still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Copies available online command as much as $450 because the Catalog is rare, and Engel signed a few copies for colleagues and friends only. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. 42 duotone plates. One of the greatest artist/filmmaker/photographers of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO RUTH ORKIN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). $200.00

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